Virat Kohli: ‘I enjoy batting with Faf du Plessis, as much as I did with AB de Villiers’

Written by Abhishek Patil

RCB’s star opener Virat Kohli on Thursday expressed that his synergy with Faf du Plessis bears a striking resemblance to his previous partnership with the legendary AB de Villiers.

Virat’s scintillating innings of 100 runs off 63 balls played a pivotal role in his team’s emphatic eight-wicket victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. Virat was adjuged Man of the Match for his match-winning century.

When asked about his partnership with Faf, Virat said: “When I can make an impact in an important game, it gives me confidence, it gives the team confidence. I think it’s the tattoos (secret behind partnership with Faf). We almost have 900 runs together this season. Very similar to how I used to feel with AB and me batting together. Just an understanding of where the game is going and what needs to be done. Having an experienced guy who’s captained at the international level – it’s been a beautiful transition for us coming together for RCB at the top and making an impact.”

Talking about the crowd support for RCB in Hyderabad, Kohli said that it felt like a home game and it’s “amazing” to provide happiness to so many people.

“Crowd here was amazing today as well. Told Faf as well. Just felt like it was a home game for us. They were cheering for us, taking my name as well. I feel you can’t create this. I haven’t forced anyone to follow me or be inspired by me. I’m just myself on the field. I do everything on the field very honestly and I think that resonates with people. It’s an amazing position to be in that you can provide happiness to so many people. That’s something I love to see when they have a smile on their face when I perform,” the Indian batter said.

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