Srinagar, Sept 25: Former Indian cricketer turned expert Sunil Gavaskar has raised questions over the tactics employed by Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli against it’s match against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday during ongoing Indian Premier League.
RCB suffered their first loss of IPL 2020 losing by 97 runs to KXIP. KL Rahul smashed an unbeaten 132 runs in 69 balls to help his side to a total of 206, but RCB were bundled out for 109 in 17 overs.
Gavaskar who is known to be vocal while speaking at the post-match show on Star Sports and Hotstar, said that RCB conceded too many runs in the final four overs, which tilted the balance in KXIP’s favour.
“You got to question Virat Kohli’s tactics in the last 4 overs. 74 runs in the last 4 overs, you saw who the bowlers were, you wouldn’t be too surprised. I thought the last 4 overs would go for maybe 50 runs but they went for 74 runs. That’s too much,” he said.
Gavaskar also said that Kohli had dropped KL Rahul twice in the match, which might have played on his mind during the match.
“Well, it certainly seems to be the case as far as his tactics were concerned in the last 4 overs because he just dropped KL Rahul in the 70s and the 80s and that may have stayed on his mind,” Gavaskar said.
“So when it came to the last 4 overs, he wasn’t sure who should be bowling them. You don’t want to go for 49 runs in the last 2 overs. That’s a big difference. At the end of the day, they almost lost by 100 runs, that’s another matter. If it had been a matter of chasing 185-190, it would have been a completely different situation. But there you are, in cricket, that’s what happens.
RCB will next face off against Mumbai Indians on Monday.