There is a saying that “nothing succeeds like success”, and in the realm of sports only thing that matters at the end of the day is the victory of your team. Undoubtedly, Virat Kohli is in awe-inspiring form playing excellent cricket consistently for the last few months together but RCB’s defeat in the IPL9 grand finale on Sunday in Bangalore completely shattered his dream of winning the tournament.
People often interpret Sachin Tendulkar as not the real match winner despite being a fantastic batsman, same goes with Virat Kohli now. He played absolutely wonderfully this year but couldn’t help his team winning the two big tournaments at the big finales; ICC World T20 2016 and IPL 9, though he scored plenty of runs on both occasions.
Virat Kohli’s Tweets to SRH and Fans after IPL 2016 Finale;
Thank you to all the fans who have cheered for us & supported us always.
I am indebted to your love. Thank You Bengaluru #RCBForever (2/2)
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 30, 2016
Virat Kohli Shines in IPL 2016
1) Virat garnered 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81 with 7 fifties and 4 tons.
2) Virat Kohli led his team from the front helping RCB’s entry into the big finale.
3) His fielding and captaincy was fabulous throughout IPL 9.
4) He started a new era as an opener-cum-finisher.
5) Virat Kohli ensured that his Crafty shots are as much rewarding in T20s as the helicopter and other blistering shots.
Leading Run-Scorer In IPL 9
At the End of the day….
Dashing right hander’s amazing display of cricketing shots might have won your heart, but with the conclusion of Vivo IPL 9 the question emerges whether Virat Kohli, the orange cap holder, is a winner or failure? Well, Cricket is a team game; everyone has to perform equally well to win a match.
The success of RCB’s top order in IPL9 is indirectly responsible for the team’s middle order failure. Kohli and AB De Villiers have contributed around 60 % of the runs that the team scored so far in the tournament and didn’t need much help from middle order. In IPL 2016 finale, none of the top orders stayed there on the ground till the end which ensured a convincing victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Virat Kohli can’t be held responsible alone for the fate of RCB. Though, as a senior cricketer he may feel so. If other batsmen had showed little more guts, then RCB could have easily become the champion which they well deserved. However, you can’t overlook the fantastic cricket that David Warner and his team mates have played to become IPL champion for the first time.