RCB vs DC: Virat Kohli takes yet another dig at Sunil Gavaskar and Harsha Bhogle, reminds Quality over Quantity

Updated - 10 May 2024, 02:13 PM

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Virat Kohli. Image Credit: BCCI-IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli stressed the importance of quality over quantity as he yet again silenced his critics with an amazing knock against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the IPL 2024 match in Dharamshala on May 9.

Speaking about his approach to the game, Kohli highlighted how his extensive experience has enabled him to maintain mental sharpness while reducing practice time. He also stressed the significance of continuous improvement in the ever-evolving T20 format, expressing his commitment to refining his skills and embracing new challenges.

Well, Kohli's masterful display of aggressive batting guided the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) to a commanding 60-run win over the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in a thrilling IPL 2024 encounter in Dharamshala.

Quality over quantity works well for me: Virat Kohli

Kohli's sensational innings of 92 runs not only showcased his trademark blend of classic technique and calculated aggression but also silenced critics, who questioned his strike rate. With an outstanding strike rate of over 195, Kohli's 47 deliveries were loaded with impactful strokes. The dashing right-hander smoked 7 fours and 6 sixes during his astonishing knock.

After the PBKS vs RCB encounter, Kohli reiterated his commitment to elevating the quality of his game over personal milestones while highlighting that he will keep reinventing his game. The former RCB skipper was named Player of the Match for his match-winning innings against the hosts, PBKS.

Virat Kohli said after claiming the Player of the Match award: “For me, it's still quality over quantity. More so now, at this stage of my career and me being 35 heading into 36. Quality over quantity works well for me. The understanding of the game over so many years is something that allows you to practice less but still stay mentally switched on.

That's something I've tried to replicate in every practice session. And some added challenges in terms of improving your game, certain aspects of the game that you can get better at. It's an ever-evolving process, I'm not a guy who sits around and says this is the way I play and not improve around things I need to.”

Virat Kohli opens up about his slog-sweeps in the IPL 2024

Kohli has been frequently using the slog-sweeps in the ongoing IPL 2024, and it can surprise many, as the former Indian skipper admitted to never specifically practicing the shot. Instead, the batting maestro credited his success with the slog-sweeps to his deep understanding of the game at the highest level.

For Kohli, it's not about practicing every shot precisely, but about having the belief and confidence to execute them effectively when the situation demands it. He signed off by saying, “I brought out the slog-sweep against the spinners. I mentally put myself in that situation and didn't practice it at all.

I know I can hit it because I've done it in the past. I knew I needed to take a bit more risk; I used to hit that shot regularly back in the day. That allows me to hit off the backfoot as well because I want to expose that side of the field against the spin.”


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