Virat Kohli and RCB enter a new era in IPL cricket, and after 10 seasons of despair, Kohli and co. would be hoping that the clean slate brings in some good fortune, and helps their fans realise that elusive feeling of triumph.
RCB have accumulated a very shrewd and well-balanced eleven, having addressed a lot of their problems of the past. They have ringed in some really quality all-rounders in Woakes, CDG, Sundar and Ali and have a good overseas bowler in Southee.
The problem though lies in the batting order and opening combination that RCB will opt for, as they have quite a few options at their disposal.
Kohli too has opened the batting for RCB in the past, partnering Gayle at the top and allowing ABD to come in at 3.
However, Kohli has confirmed that he won’t be opening the batting this time round and will be taking up his normal number 3 spot, just like he does in those Indian colours.
“I’ve had success playing at No. 3 for the Indian team. I play there all the time in ODI cricket as well so I have a good understanding of that position and it gives the team a lot of stability as well when we play for India.” Kohli said, addressing the media.
He made a very good point about having recruited specialists this time round, thereby helping him stick to his normal batting position.
“This time having specialists at that order, I see myself starting there. But it depends on who we’re playing against. We’re going to be flexible, adapting to situation and pitches. Predominantly, I’m going to start at No. 3.” Kohli added.
RCB kick off their IPL campaign against KKR tomorrow night at the Eden Gardens.