Virat Kohli Completed 7K Run In IPL. Does He Need to Score Faster In the Middle Overs?

The Delhi Capitals secured a convincing seven-wicket victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 50th match of the IPL season at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on May 6th, 2023.

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to bat, scoring 181/4 in their allotted 20 overs. RCB Captain Faf du Plessis (45 off 32 with 5 fours and 1 six) and Virat Kohli (55 off 46 with 5 fours) put up a strong partnership to give their team a solid start. 

Lomror got off to a brisk start, after the dismissals of Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell in two balls, allowing Virat Kohli to feed him the strike.

Mahipal Lomror, a left-handed batsman for RCB, took charge and kept the scoreboard ticking by scoring 54 runs off just 29 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. His impressive knock under pressure also marked his maiden half-century in IPL. 

Although Mitch Marsh’s spell was economical, Virat Kohli continued to attack DC’s left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The 100 run mark was achieved in the 13th over, and Kohli also reached his fifty off 42 balls. Kuldeep Yadav finished an expensive spell, and RCB finished their innings with a total of 181/4.

DC’s opening pair of David Warner and Phil Salt started off strong, with Warner attacking Siraj and Hazlewood, and Salt taking charge against Siraj by hitting him for two sixes and a four. After Warner was tricked by a slower one from Hazlewood, his replacement Mitch Marsh continued to maintain the momentum. 

Salt played an exceptional inning, smashing six sixes in his knock of 87 runs off just 45 balls, while Rossouw also made a brisk 35 off just 22 balls. Eventually, DC won the match by seven wickets with 3.2 overs to spare, with Salt being named the player of the match. The victory for DC meant that they overtook Sunrisers Hyderabad from the bottom of the points table.

RCB had a difficult day on the field as they struggled to make an impact with the ball. Despite trying everything, their key bowlers were unable to contain the opposition’s aggressive batting. It was a forgettable day for the team, and they will need to put this performance behind them quickly. 

The middle overs have been a concern for RCB in this tournament, and they may need their ex-captain, Virat Kohli, to score more quickly after the powerplay. 

Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen in the world and has been a vital part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kohli achieved a significant milestone in his IPL career as he completed 7000 runs in the tournament.

While Kohli’s achievements in the IPL cannot be denied, there have been questions raised about his scoring rate in the middle overs of the game. Kohli is known for his excellent batting in the powerplay overs, but he tends to slow down in the middle overs. This trend has been noticeable throughout this year’s IPL.

This issue was also highlighted in RCB’s match against Delhi Capitals. Kohli batted well, scoring 55 runs off 46 balls with five fours. However, his scoring rate was comparatively slower than that of the opposing team’s batsmen, especially in the middle overs. 

Virat Kohli’s strike rate in the innings was 119.57, whereas DC opener Philip Salt faced almost the same number of deliveries but the latter’s aggressive batting with Strike of 193 was the difference between the two teams. 

Virat Kohli vs Philip Salt DC vs RCB IPL 2023 Virat Kohli Completed 7K Run In IPL.
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This is not the first time that Kohli’s scoring rate in the middle overs has been questioned. It has been a point of discussion in the past as well, and it is something that he will need to address if RCB hopes to make a deep run in the IPL. With the tournament moving towards the business end, Kohli’s role in the team becomes even more critical. As the ex-captain of the side, he needs to lead from the front and score runs at a faster rate.

Kohli has already shown what he can do in the IPL 2016 season, scoring four centuries and his record in the IPL speaks for himself. However, he needs to work on his scoring rate in the middle overs to ensure that RCB is in a strong position to win matches.

Virat Kohli completing 7000 runs in the IPL is a significant achievement, and he deserves all the praise for it. However, RCB all time legend needs to be more proactive and aggressive during the middle phase of the game to ensure that the team can post a challenging total or chase down a target. It is crucial that he addresses the issue of maintaining a healthy strike rate if RCB wants to achieve success in the tournament.

DC’s triumph in the match was particularly gratifying for them, given their poor start to the season. The burden of expectations was lifted off their shoulders, enabling them to play with a sense of freedom and assurance. The match demonstrated why their batting line-up was considered one of the tournament’s most potent. 

Phil Salt’s bold batting was the difference-maker in this high-scoring and entertaining game, resulting in DC’s victory. This win will undoubtedly boost DC’s confidence as they enter the tournament’s final stages. 

In contrast, if RCB wishes to go deep in the playoffs, they must address their weaknesses and quickly regroup. Overall, it was a thrilling match that showcased both teams’ strengths and weaknesses.