Gearing up for his first game in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli has stated he would prefer chasing against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 14 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Kohli had suffered a shoulder injury during the India-Australia third Test, eventually getting ruled out of the last Test and the first three games for RCB in IPL 2017. Shane Watson was selected as the stand-in skipper for RCB under whom the Bangalore-based franchise played three games winning one and losing the rest two. But now, having declared match-fit after an agonising wait for many of his fans, Kohli has emphasised on winning the away game on a priority basis.
Kohli also added that with his inclusion in the starting XI, RCB might go for playing with AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Kedar Jadhav who would keep the wickets. He was quoted by PTI as saying, “Now with me coming back and all specialist batsmen playing, the thinking might change back again. Bangalore has generally been a ground where you can chase down high totals and tomorrow being a day game obviously that really matters a lot because under the lights the wicket is better during the daytime.”
Talking about winning the away games and the importance with respect to qualifying for the IPL 10 play-offs, Kohli said, “We know we play good cricket at home but last year we won really some good matches away from home and that is why we reached the final, so in order to do that, that is the most important thing factor in IPL, we need to win away games. That is something that we will stay in focus for us through the season if we want to make it to playoffs.”
When asked about his views on Watson’s captaincy, Kohli was quick to add, “I am in no position to judge anyone. I have said this about myself as well. I am not a senior in terms of captainship. Yes, I have learnt a lot along the way and I continue to do so. Shane, I think did a very good job. He has been very patient with them. He had his plan spot on.”
“In IPL, you can’t take any team for granted, but Mumbai is anyway one of the stronger sides in the tournament and we certainly need to respect that and focus on our strength of what can we achieve as a side but at the same time we want to be wary of the fact what Mumbai can bring on the table,” he said when asked about Mumbai Indians (MI).