Last Update on: March 31st, 2023 at 04:21 pm
Sanjay Manjrekar has opined on whether Virat Kohli should open the batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2023.
Virat has been a regular opener for the side for years. He did it last year too, with captain Faf du Plessis. The pairing did not fire the way they would have hoped. Despite that, RCB reached the playoffs for the third year running, only to lose to eventual runner-ups Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 2.
Kohli was the second-highest run-scorer for his side with 341 runs. Although, he might have slipped to third if Rajat Patidar was available for the first half of the season.
When asked whether the ex-India captain should still open the batting for the Bengaluru-based franchise, Manjrekar had this to say:
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“I think Virat Kohli will open. He likes to open in T20 cricket, whenever possible. That is what the owners will do, give him the best possible opportunity to make an impact through the season. Virat Kohli is clearly not the player he was couple of years back. The form is back, the self-confidence, it’s all about just being confident as an individual and that has come back.”
Sanjay Manjrekar also suggested that Virat Kohli should not carry an unnecessary burden by trying to anchor RCB’s innings, but focus more on expressing himself on the field to bring out his best game.
Virat Kohli recently shared his class 10th marksheet with an inspirational caption
Ahead of the 2023 season of IPL, Virat Kohli shared his class 10th marksheet with an inspirational caption.
Kohli passed his 10th-grade board examinations in 2004 from Saviour Convent Secondary School in Paschim Vihar, New Delhi. It is fascinating to see how someone who has inspired millions has an indistinguishable marksheet from the rest.
Virat shared the marksheet, which had the marks of 6 subjects. While he scored decent enough in English and Hindi, with 83 and 75 respectively, it was Mathematics and Science where he struggled, with 51 and 55 marks in those two. His score in IT was 74 while he scored 81 in Social Science.
What was more essential was the caption, where he highlighted how there was no mention of sports in the sheet.
“It’s funny how the things that add the least to your marksheet, add the most to your character. #LetThereBeSport,” Kohli wrote
Virat Kohli passed class 12th, but then had to leave his education to pursue cricket. It certainly paid off, seeing he will be playing for RCB in their first match of IPL 2023 against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday, April 2.