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Virat Kohli shouldn’t be a tickler but a puncher: Sunil Gavaskar

By Bet Barter

April 28, 2021

Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that Virat Kohli will soon get back to form in the IPL 2021. RCB skipper was dismissed for 12 as his inconsistent run continued in the new season. Despite his poor form, Royal Challengers Bangalore's captain marshaled his troops well to lead them to a 1-run victory against Delhi Capitals in a last-over thriller in Ahmedabad.

The former Indian skipper urged that Virat Kohli should drive and punch instead of looking to tickle early on in the innings. With this, Kohli can find consistency and get back to his form in the remaining games of the tournament. The 32-year-old began IPL 2021 with two 30-plus scores. He scored a fifty against Rajasthan Royals, but he managed to score three below-par scores after that. RCB is currently on top of the IPL 2021 points table with 5 victories from 6 matches, but they would like their skipper to fire at the top of the order.

I would pay to watch the batsman play all 20 overs in a T20 match: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar also praised South African batsman AB de Villiers. The former stated that he would pay to watch the batsman play all 20 overs in a T20 match. Gavaskar described AB de Villiers' unbeaten 75-run innings against Delhi Capitals as unique and magical. De Villiers has now become the sixth batsman to score 5000 IPL runs. He is the only one who has achieved these runs at a strike rate of more than 150. 

The Proteas wicket-keeper batsman smashed 75 runs off 42 balls with five sixes and three fours to help RCB post 171 for 5. The score turned out to be just enough as DC scored 170 for 4 and lost the game by 1 run. De Villiers, who had not featured in competitive cricket in the last five months before the IPL, smashed 23 runs off the last over that Marcus Stoinis bowled. The veteran hit three sixes off his over. AB de Villiers also won his second Man of the Match award of IPL 2021 last night. The RCB batsman will next be in action again this Friday when RCB faces the Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

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