Batting first, RCB were in a spot of bother following back-to-back dismissals of Devudtt Padikkal and AB de Villiers in the 11th over. Post the dismissals, Kohli displayed a brilliant masterclass in how to shift gears during a T20 inning.
Kohli scored 44 in his first 35 balls before subtly shifting gears to rack up 46 runs off the last 17 balls to post an unbeaten 90 and help RCB post an eventual match-winning total.
Kohli thrives on the atmosphere created by the audience but the absence of it hasn’t really affected the Indian skipper thus far, something Kevin Pietersen went on to laud the charismatic cricketer for, adding that he wears his heart on his sleeves.
“We are going to keep talking about Virat Kohli. We keep talking about him so much is because of the way he batted the other night. He has done that for years, years, and years. But he hadn’t done that up until that points (90 not out against CSK). It actually doesn’t matter about the crowds. He has made himself into the kind of player that can dig deep. And those emotions are still there. We have seen it now in the field. He wears his heart on his sleeve,” Kevin Pietersen said.
“It is what it is. ‘I am Virat Kohli and this is the way I play. Crowds or no crowds. He has now convinced me that he doesn’t need crowds to put on a performance as he did,” Pietersen told Star Sports,” he added.