RCB vs GT: Will Jacks credits Virat Kohli's support after his power-packed performance seals win for RCB over GT

Published - 29 Apr 2024, 10:51 AM | Updated - 29 Apr 2024, 10:58 AM

Virat Kohli and Will Jacks
Virat Kohli and Will Jacks. Image Credit: IPL-BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced Gujarat Titans (GT) in the 45th IPL 2024 clash at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, April 28. Gujarat Titans (GT) set a challenging target of 200/3 with strong batting shows from Sai Sudharsan (84*) and Shahrukh Khan (58) in Ahmedabad.

Chasing the target, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) played an ultra-aggressive game with the bat against the Gujarat Titans (GT). The match was swayed by the incredible power hitting from Virat Kohli (70*) and Will Jacks (100*) at the packed Narendra Modi Stadium.

Virat Kohli and Will Jacks guided RCB to a massive win over GT

In a thrilling finish, RCB secured a 9-wicket win over the hosts, GT, with 24 balls to spare, with Kohli and Jacks thrilling fans till the end of the game in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

After the GT vs RCB IPL 2024 encounter, Will Jacks recounted his journey to scoring a century, highlighting the support he received from Virat Kohli throughout his knock in Ahmedabad.

The English batter admitted that he was struggling early on in his unbeaten match-winning century. He further credited Kohli for helping him overcome the initial challenge, particularly during the first 15 balls against the GT. Despite feeling nervous initially, Jacks found relief after successfully connecting with a shot, which boosted his confidence instantly.

The RCB star said that the team aimed to stay ahead of the game by saving wickets. Towards the end of the game, Kohli encouraged Jacks to continue playing aggressively, assuring him of taking the game over the line. Jacks also expressed surprise at reaching the milestone of a century, saying he realized he was scoring a century only after hitting a boundary.

Will Jacks talks about his crazy knock and Virat Kohli's help vs GT

Jacks was happy with his dramatic transformation from struggling to find form to feeling unstoppable on the field, and big credit goes to Kohli. He told his RCB teammate Cameron Green: “Crazy innings I think just to go from not being able to hit the ball literally and then feel like I could hit anything.”

On being asked about the advice given by Virat Kohli during their unbeaten partnership of 166 runs off 74 balls against GT, Jack told Green: “He was batting well against spin and he guided me on how the pitch is behaving. He was kind of giving me hints on how to play the spin. Firstly, he told me he was reading Rashid Khan well, so he was like I can take him down which helped me.”

He signed off by saying: “I'm still trying to be positive because that's obviously what we have to do. He's chasing 200, he can't just knock it around. I think he's got so much experience he was kind of talking me through. Amazing to bat with. I learned a lot there and I feel very lucky to harness it like that with him. Very special.”

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Notably, it was RCB’s second win in a row in the ongoing IPL 2024, where they will next meet again Gujarat in the tournament at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on May 4.