PBKS vs RCB: Watch - Virat Kohli hits bullseye to run-out Shashank Singh a ball after his collision with Faf du Plessis

Updated - 10 May 2024, 12:35 PM

Virat Kohli runs out Shashank Singh
Virat Kohli runs out Shashank Singh (PC: X)

Punjab Kings batter Shashank Singh played a brilliant innings before getting run out, courtesy of Royal Challengers Bengaluru star Virat Kohli's brilliant direct hit in the 58th match of the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL 2024) on Thursday, May 9, at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.

Shashank Singh was an accidental buy of the Punjab Kings at the Indian Premier League 2024 auction, but he has proved his true worth to the team by playing some fantastic knocks throughout the season and winning matches for the team single-handedly.

Shashank Singh was on course to once again play a big innings and take PBKS to a victory. However, he wasn't able to do that as Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis came in his way and stopped him from doing that.

Shashank Singh played a sensational innings and smashed 37 runs off 19 balls, with 4 fours and 2 sixes, before getting run out in the match. Notably, his run out came a delivery after his nasty collision with RCB skipper Faf du Plessis.

On the third ball of the 14th over, Lockie Ferguson bowled a short-length ball to Sam Curran and he played it towards the leg side and ran two along with Shashank Singh. As Shashank Singh was coming back for two, Faf du Plessis came in his way and there was a massive collision between the players, the effect of which was mostly on the PBKS star, who hurt his shoulder and looked in terrible pain. Despite a nasty collision, Shashank decided to continue but his innings didn't last long as he was dismissed on the next ball.

After playing a shortish delivery to the leg-side the PBKS batters once again decided to take two runs, but Virat Kohli didn't let that happen as he came in running from deep mid-wicket and fired a sensational direct hit to catch Shashank Singh short and ended his innings.

Watch: The incident involving Shashank Singh, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis 

In the end, Royal Challengers Bengaluru won the match by 60 runs against Punjab Kings and Virat Kohli won the player of the match award for his 92-run knock.

Speaking after winning the Player of the Match award, Virat Kohli explained in detail how he wants to keep improving his game and get better. Virat Kohli said: 

"For me, it's still quality over quantity. For me, it works really well. Also, the understanding of the game allows you to practice less, just try to replicate what I have done in the past. Still aiming to improve aspects of the game that you want to get better at. It's an evolving process. I brought out the slog sweep against the spinners. I didn't practice it, I know I have hit it the past. Always looking to expose that side of the field against spin. I know I need to take risks, it needs a bit of conviction."

Virat Kohli further said that he is trying to play with a great strike rate for his team and also spoke about RCB's campaign. He elaborated:

"I have been managing to stay ahead of that thought. I am trying to keep up with the strike rate for me and the team. The only way to go through a tournament is to be honest with ourselves. We had those losses on the trot, we just had an honest conversation. We needed to pull up our socks. That game against KKR went down to the wire. We wanted to play for our self respect. We just can't go out there and play in such a way and disappoint our fans. The confidence is back and we are on a roll. We wouldn't have to depend on several other aspects (had we played better earlier in the tournament.)


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