Former India opener, Aakash Chopra is highly impressed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) bowlers, and Virat Kohli’s captaincy post their thumping win over Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders. Bangalore chased down the target of 85 runs in resounding fashion winning the game by eight wickets.
Mohammed Siraj was on fire with the ball as the pacer picked up three wickets in his first two overs. KKR never recovered from the blows in the powerplay and kept losing wickets. Siraj also became the first bowler to bowl two maidens in a match in the IPL. He ended up with figures of 4-2-8-3 and was adjudged the Man of the Match.
RCB looking good to go on and win the title for the first time: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra, the cricketer turned commentator, believes RCB can actually go on and finally win the trophy after the wait of 12 long years. In his YouTube channel, he said that the Challengers had made a strong statement by annihilating the Knight Riders. He said that the RCB bowlers were so dominant that they just blew away the KKR batsmen.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said,“RCB won the match in a brilliant fashion. They have not only got two points but have reached close to the playoffs. They have also made a strong statement by annihilating KKR.”
“RCB are no longer the challengers anymore but are actually the team that is looking good to go on and win the title for the first time. Every team has their weaknesses but this team is coming together quite nicely. The bowling issues that used to be there earlier, they are less evident now,” he added.
“There are times when a match turns out to be mismatch. A match happens when both teams fight but here it seemed one team was just participating and the other team blew them away. This is that kind of domination where you don’t let the opposition come near also,” he added.
The 43-year lauded Mohammed Siraj and appreciated Virat Kohli’s captaincy for giving Siraj the new ball. He likes the template with which RCB is playing- of having at least six bowling options at Kohli’s disposal.
Chopra observed the bowling combination of RCB; Chris Morris at both ends of the innings, Navdeep Saini’s pace, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar in the spin department are heavily influential.
“What sort of cricket it was! First came Mohammed Siraj, so well done Kohli as the captaincy he did in this match was right in place, and then Chahal – whoever he gave the ball to got the wickets.
“They are playing as many as 6 bowlers, I think that’s the way to go Virat, you are doing exactly the right thing. It was fantastic that Mohammed Siraj was given the new ball. Morris is bowling well anyway. Navdeep Saini comes and takes wickets and Chahal is their gold-dust bowler and Washington Sundar also takes wickets,” Aakash Chopra stated.