Virat Kohli regained his batting form in IPL 2021 as he scored back to back fifties for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last two matches.
Kohli, who opened the innings for RCB, scored 51 runs against Mumbai Indians where he displayed a great level of intent against Jasprit Bumrah in the early stage of the play. Kohli smashed three fours and as many sixes in his incredible innings.
Virat Kohli’s form is a good sign for RCB and for the Indian team: Saba Karim
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma along with KL Rahul is likely to open the batting order for India in the T20 World Cup next month as Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from the squad.
But former Indian team selector Saba Karim feels that skipper Kohli might open the innings in the mega event because of his form.
“It looks like Virat Kohli might open the innings in the T20 World Cup. He seems to be enjoying this role. He has hit back-to-back half-centuries. He is scoring runs at a good strike rate. His concept is good, he knows which shots to play and what risks to take,” Saba Karim said on YouTube channel IVM podcasts.
“Virat Kohli’s form is a good sign for RCB and for the Indian team. From here, everyone is waiting for him to get a big score. If you are opening the batting and your strike-rate is good after the end of the powerplay, then you must put on a big total on the board for your team,” he added.
Virat Kohli to step down from multiple captaincy roles this year
Just days after India’s T20 World Cup squad was announced, Kohli came with a shocking announcement that he would give up the captaincy for India in the shortest format of the game.
Kohli made a similar decision to step down from Royal Challengers Bangalore captaincy at the end of this season.