- Virat Kohli was relieved and elated after RCB’s win over LSG
- RCB broke the Eliminator jinx on Thursday
- Kohli heaped praise on Rajat Patidar for his stunning hundred
Former captain Virat Kohli led the dressing room celebrations that began well past midnight at the Eden Gardens on Thursday after Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a stunning 14-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2022 Eliminator.
Virat Kohli looked relieved and delighted as he was the center of attraction in the RCB dressing room in Kolkata. The RCB star was seen having a warm embrace with head coach Sanjay Bangar as the former finalists broke the “Eliminator jinx” after their win over LSG. RCB had made the playoffs in IPL 2022 and 2021 as well but they crashed out after losing the Eliminator on both occasions.
However, there was no stopping RCB on Wednesday in Kolkata as they rode on a stunning 112 not out in 58 balls from Rajat Patidar to post a match-winning total of 207. RCB bowlers, led by Josh Hazlewood’s 3-wicket haul and Harshal Patel’s miserly figures, came up with a collaborative effort to contain a powerful LSG batting order that managed just 193/6 in 20 overs.
“Two more steps, two more steps left,” Virat Kohli said as he clenched his fists and celebrated the win, as seen in a video shared by RCB.
Kohli was effusive in praise for Rajat Patidar as he said he hasn’t seen many better knocks under pressure in the IPL. Patidar won the Player of the Match award for his blitzkrieg that came after RCB lost their captain Faf du Plessis for a golden duck.
RCB sneaked through to the playoffs after Mumbai Indians helped their cause by defeating Delhi Capitals in their last league game but the former champions are looking fired up to go the distance. RCB last played the final in 2016 — an unforgettable season for Virat Kohli as their then captain scored 973 runs, including 4 hundreds
‘WATCH OUT FOR HIM’
Kohli hasn’t been prolific with the bat in IPL 2022 but the former captain is showing signs of return to peak form. On Wednesday, Kohli got going, taking risks in the powerplay after du Plessis’s exit but he was not able to convert his start into a big one.
Kohli stitched a 66-run stand with Patidar in just 28 balls before falling to Avesh Khan in the 7th over. Patidar carried on and hit 7 sixes and 12 boundaries for his 112 not out. Patidar set a few IPL records as he became the first uncapped player to score a hundred in an IPL knockout match.
“That was one of the best innings I have ever seen under pressure. And I have seen many. That level of striking, that is some batting level. Watch out for him,” Kohli said.