Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra heaped praise on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Virat Kohli for his century against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Aakash Chopra said that he witnessed vintage Virat Kohli at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Virat Kohli added a 172-run opening partnership with skipper Faf du Plessis while chasing a target of 187 runs. The 34-year-old scored 100 runs off 63 balls to guide the team to an 8-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The right-handed batter was rewarded with Player of the Match for his brilliant knock.
He Is The King Of Centuries – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra described Virat Kohli as India’s honor and pride and added that it was the best innings of the RCB opener.
“He is India’s honor, he is India’s pride, his name is Virat Kohli and he is the king of centuries. Welcome him with applause because we got to see the vintage Virat Kohli on the Hyderabad ground. This was the best of Virat that we have seen,” Aakash Chopra said.
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The Way Klaasen Hit That Century – Aakash Chopra
The former Indian opener picked Virat Kohli as the most valuable player (MVP) of the game ahead of Heinrich Klaasen, who also scored a hundred in the first innings of the match.
“The most valuable player of the game between Hyderabad and Bangalore was Virat Kohli. What a knock he played. When the first innings was on, I didn’t have any doubts that Heinrich Klaasen is going to be the one,” he said.
“Other guys might score runs and Bangalore might win as well but the way Klaasen hit that century, I thought it wasn’t possible to see a better innings in the same evening but Kohli came,” he added.
Heinrich Klaasen was the lone warrior in the SRH batting line-up during the match against RCB. The South African batter came to bat at No. 4 inside the powerplay and smashed 104 runs off just 51 balls with the help of 8 fours and 6 sixes. The rest of the batters contributed 76 runs off 69 deliveries.
Kohli Doesn’t Sit And Hit A Six Against Spin – Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that Virat Kohli went too hard in the early innings, noting his inside-edge boundary off T. Natarajan’s bowling. Chopra said that Virat played a wide range of shots during his knock, including some of them he does not play often.
“He first started with a drive, then hit in the air, both against Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and then he got an inside edge and was I thinking whether he was going too hard too soon, but after that he sent the ball to the moon. This knock was sensational,” he further added.
“Some shots were incredible, shots that Kohli doesn’t play. Kohli doesn’t sit and hit a six against spin. We saw that shot. He flicked a six against Bhuvi and a short-arm pull that went for a 100-meter six. The on-the-rise drives he hit, the fielders in the deep were also unable to stop those,” he concluded.