Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Image: BCCI

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra was delighted to see Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli reinstated his batting position at No.3 in the IPL 2022. Kohli has batted at the No.3 slot in 86 of his 200 innings while he has opened the innings for the franchise in 76 instances.

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In IPL 2021, Kohli would often open the batting order along with Devdutt Padikkal. Now that Padikkal moved to Rajasthan Royals and RCB has a new leader in Faf du Plessis, Kohli returned back to his designated batting position in their first game against Punjab Kings on Sunday.

Virat Kohli made 41 off 29 balls against PBKS

Faf opened the innings with youngster Anuj Rawat, who failed to capitalize on the opportunity and was cleaned up for 21 runs by Rahul Chahar. Kohli scored an unbeaten 41 off 29 balls at a strike rate of 141.37, the former RCB skipper just hit one four and a couple of sixes during his 118-run stand with du Plessis, who played a spectacular knock of 88 from 57 balls after struggling to time the ball in the early part of the innings.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Image: BCCI

Loved the way Virat Kohli was batting: Aakash Chopra

RCB went on to lose the match by five wickets after Mayank Agarwal & co displayed a solid approach in their chase of 206 in the second innings. Chopra was impressed with Kohli’s batting performance against Punjab Kings.

“Kohli at 3 is looking beautiful. It was more like the vintage Kohli. Loved the way he was batting. He wasn’t the hero but it was a really impressive batting performance from him,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel. 

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

“If we look closely at Bangalore’s team combination, the last match was good for them. Anuj Rawat impressed at the top. Faf du Plessis started slowly but picked up speed as his innings progressed. Dinesh Karthik played a cameo but it was a destructive knock and a highly effective innings. It was a memorable performance for sure,” he added. 

RCB will take on KKR at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Wednesday (March 30).

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