Off The Field

Aggression is best version of Virat Kohli, says RCB captain Faf du Plessis

Written by Mohan Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore clinched a low-scoring affair against Lucknow Super Giants on May 1, Monday at the Ekana Stadium. The game descended into a verbal spat where Virat Kohli, Naveen-ul-Haq, and Gautam Gambhir engaged in a war of words. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis, has relived the moments right after the game and said that the aggressive version of Virat Kohli is the best one. On Monday evening, Kohli was pumped up through the game and hyped up the entire crowd, which was heavily in support of the Bengaluru franchise.

Du Plessis said that it was great to see Kohli hyped up and he was at his best during RCB’s clash vs LSG.

“Aggression is the best version of Virat, isn’t it? To see him pumped up like that, that’s when he is at his very best. So it is really awesome to be a part of it and my job is to keep things calm on the field, which I thought that I did really well,” Faf chuckled during the interview.

LSG v RCB, Game Day Dressing Room Reactions

King Kohli reacts to the win, Faf explains the crucial partnership and how Virat’s aggression helps the team, Karn and Hazlewood talk about their performances, before the team sang the victory song.

Lucknow dished out one of its worst batting pitches in the Indian Premier League, where both teams struggled to play their shots. Faf spoke about the strategy and said that the idea was to take on pacers because they knew that scoring runs off spinners would difficult in this game.

“The plan was to take the seamers on because we felt that hitting spin would be really difficult. It was a tough wicket, so we had to adapt and that was the most important thing. Coming from Chinnaswamy, it’s a very different style of play here. I thought we were very good in the first partnership. We saw how much the ball was stopping and we tried to put our foot on the gas against seamers and then the spinners were just a case of knocking it around and trying and get a boundary now and then, but it was really tough work,” du Plessis said.

The RCB captain, who returned to the playing XI on Monday scored 44 off 40 balls and clinched the player of the match award. He, alongside Virat Kohli, added 62 runs for the first wicket in the RCB innings which turned out to be a match-winning partnership.

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