Former RCB skipper and coach Daniel Vettori has given his opinion on Virat Kohli’s best batting position for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022. Vettori said that Kohli is at his best when he opens the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal opened the innings for the team in IPL 2021. Both were quite successful in some games, including the 181-run opening stand against Rajasthan Royals last season. Now, Padikkal is not part of the team but another opener Faf du Plessis has joined the squad.
Virat Kohli Opening Becomes The Right Option: Daniel Vettori
While speaking to ESPNCricinfo, former New Zealand player Daniel Vettori said that the opener is the right batting position for Virat Kohli for RCB.
“I think every year this is a discussion point. Every year, by the time the season finishes, Virat Kohli opening becomes the right option. It’s irrelevant who is at the other end. I think he performs better in situations where he is allowed more time and his stroke making is more successful in those first six overs. That allows him to settle during the middle overs and then his death over batting is exceptional”, Vettori said.
Vettori, who coached RCB from IPL 2014 to 2018, also said that batting as an opener allows Virat Kohli to settle in the middle overs. He also said that RCB has always emerged successful in seasons when Kohli opened the innings for the team.
If you look at the times RCB has been successful, it is when he has opened. We are talking about a fantastic player, whether he bats from one to four, he is still going to be contribute and be amazing. But I think from a team perspective, opener is the right way from here,” Daniel Vettori further said.
Virat Kohli is part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022. However, he is not the skipper this time. He left the position after the conclusion of the previous season. Faf du Plessis has been appointed as the new skipper for RCB.
The three-time runners-up RCB will commence their journey in IPL 2022 with the match against Punjab Kings. The encounter takes place on March 27 at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
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