Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has reckoned that Virat Kohli– the captain will be very happy about the manner in which the Royal Challengers Bangalore went about their business in the recent IPL.
For the first time since the 2016 season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore looked like the team to beat as they won five of their first seven games, including the first four games on the bounce.
“If you talk about this season, Virat Kohli the captain will be happier than Virat Kohli the batsman,” said Irfan Pathan.
“The way the entire team has responded, the way the combination of Virat Kohli and Mike Hesson has worked, and the hard work they put in for the auction,” Pathan added.
Pathan was also full of praise for the recruitment that the Virat Kohli-led RCB made ahead of the tournament.
The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel vindicated their selection with brilliant performances before the tournament eventually got suspended.
“They had gone after Maxwell. Before the auction, in the trading also they put in a lot of effort. We have spoken about Harshal Patel but they got Daniel Sams also, which means they thought if they had got the opportunity to play in Bangalore, the left-arm pacer Daniel Sams will be useful although he did not come of use. Harshal Patel did all the work,” Pathan further said.
Irfan Pathan, however, added that RCB and its fans would be worried about the fact that their players might lose the momentum they had gained if and when the 14th season resumes.
”Where the tournament has stopped, the RCB fans will be a little disappointed because AB de Villiers was in good form, Maxwell was in good form, the team was doing very well, the bowling was very good,” Irfan Pathan said.
“It was about to be ‘Ee Sala Cup Namde’ for them, at least from the fan’s perspective, so it is expected that they will be a little disappointed but it has been a good year for them till now,” he signed off.