Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli never sways away from helping and motivating the youngsters and is often captured passing his words of wisdom to young players after the IPL games.
On Thursday, it was Riyan Parag, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder, who got the opportunity to pick the India captain’s brains from close quarters. After Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal completed the 178-run chase against the Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai, the skipper obliged Parag’s request to sign on his bat.
The 32-year-old also gave some tips to Parag, who once again showed flashes of his brilliance scoring 25 runs off 16 balls in an attempt to bail his team out of a precarious situation.
The Royals’ innings suffered an early stutter when Mohammed Siraj, continuing his superb form, bowled Jos Buttler. The RCB bowlers continued to pile on the pressure as the Royals succumbed to 43/4 with Sanju Samson also back in the hut.
Riyan Parag joined Shivam Dube and both the youngsters began the resurrection task before the right-hander got out. Rahul Tewatia added the late flourish but could only take the total to a par 177.
Riyan Parag taking the sign of his idol Virat Kohli on his bat in the Yesterday night. And Virat Kohli always Welcomes youngster with Open arms to talk to him. It feels Great to see this. pic.twitter.com/glvAZGSLOR
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Virat Kohli becomes the first batsman to 6000 IPL runs; Devdutt Padikkal smashed maiden IPL ton
En route his 72* off 47 balls, Virat Kohli went past the 6000-run landmark in the IPL becoming the first batsmen ever to do so. Chennai Super Kings batting mainstay, Suresh Raina, fondly known as Mr. IPL, is second on the list with 5448 runs followed by Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner.
Virat Kohli has also hit 5 centuries in the IPL in addition to his 40 fifties.
Devdutt Padikkal notched up his maiden IPL ton; his knock of 101* off 52 balls included 11 boundaries and 6 maximums. His strike rate of 194 would shut down many critics who criticized the 20-year-old for batting slowly in his previous couple of knocks.
With the victory on Thursday, Virat Kohli’s team displaced the Chennai Super Kings from the top of the points table and remains the only unbeaten side in the tournament yet. They take on MS Dhoni’s eleven on Sunday afternoon at the Wankhede.