There was a storm brewing in Sharjah, and no, we are not talking about the actual sandstorm outside the ground, but Virat Kohli's brilliant 53-run knock which set up a comfortable total for RCB against a potent CSK bowling lineup in tonight's IPL 2021 clash. Kohli came out with an aggressive mindset and played with an intent to seek and destroy anything that stood between him and his goal. It was a typical Kohli knock as he tore apart the opposing bowling unit with a surgeon's precision and found the boundary at will.
It has been a rollercoaster month for the Indian captain who has had the spotlight on him for all the wrong reasons. At first, India decided to back out from the England tour with the last test to go, and next, it was a highly publicized spat with the BCCI. The latter is rumored to have been a key reason as to why Kohli decided to step down as captain post the T20 World Cup this year. The board and the mercurial batter were not seeing eye to eye and that showed with the way they handled the decision in front of the media.
Kohli, in an interview with BCCI TV, explained the reasons leading to his decision saying that "I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn't have done it without them - the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and every Indian who prayed for us to win. Understanding that workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for the last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI cricket."
Knowing the type of player Kohli is, he relishes moments such as these. He performs at his best when they count him out in high-pressure situations, and there is no difference this time around as he will come out on top yet again. One thing every fan of Indian cricket or anyone following would know, do not count Virat Kohli out, ever! This knock won't be an anomaly as he will now start piling up the runs once again.