For the first time in IPL 2022, Virat Kohli was chosen man-of-the-match after his 54-ball 73 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Titans by eight wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
Virat Kohli claimed he was glad to contribute to RCB’s vital victory, which was required to end the league stages with 16 points, and that he could just keep going, insisting there were no concerns.
Virat Kohli on his first Man of the Match of the season
Virat Kohli confessed that not doing enough for his club this season was upsetting him, which drove him to perform a match-winning 73-run knock against Gujarat Titans in a must-win game to keep Royal Challengers Bangalore’s playoff hopes alive.
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Kohli had scored 236 runs in 13 innings prior to the Thursday match, but he was at his best against Gujarat, smashing 73 runs off 54 balls to set up RCB’s victorious chase. The former RCB captain stated that it was a crucial match and that he was thrilled to have put the club in a strong position with his knock.
“I can keep going. It was an important game. I was disappointed that I haven’t done much for my team and that is what bothers me, not the stats. Today was a game where I was able to create an impact for the team. Puts us in a good position,” Kohli said.
Virat Kohli claimed that he batted in nets for 90 minutes the day before the Gujarat Titans match, where he batted fluently, boosting his confidence and clearing his brain before entering the match.
“There are expectations because of the performances that you have put in. You need to keep the perspective right. You can forget the process in order to live up to the expectations. I have worked really hard. I batted 90 minutes in the nets yesterday. I came in very free and relaxed. It is in that spur of the moment why is it happening to me,” Kohli added.