Virat Kohli hints at attending Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals match, pledges support for Rohit Sharma & Co. - Times Now

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Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis will be supporting MI against DC on Saturday

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis will be supporting MI against DC on Saturday | Courtesy: @IPL

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli scored 54-ball 73 against Gujarat Titans.
  • Courtesy of Kohli's performance, RCB won the match by 8 wickets.
  • The Bengaluru franchise still needs Mumbai Indians to beat Delhi Capitals to qualify for the playoffs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did the best they could, beating Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets to remain in contention for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 playoffs. However, the franchise's chances of reaching the next round depend on the result of the Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians clash on Saturday.

After doing a phenomenal job with the bat for RCB against GT, Virat Kohli has pledged his franchise's support to MI whose victory over DC in the final league match of the campaign is a must for the Royal Challengers.

In fact, Kohli also suggested that he might be present at the stadium for the match, supporting Rohit Sharma & Co. to emerge triumphant over Rishabh Pant's side.

"Trying to put our feet up and chill out for 2 days and support Mumbai. We have 2 more supporters for Mumbai, not just 2 but I think 25 more supporters," Kohli said while speaking to Faf du Plessis in an interview for the IPL after the match on Thursday.

"You might see us in the stadium as well," he added as Du Plessi began the "Mumbai, Mumbai" chants during the chat.

It was after a long haul that Kohli looked like himself in the RCB shirt. The 33-year-old scored 54-ball 73 to lead the charge in the chase of 169 runs. Speaking to the RCB skipper, Virat highthlighted the benefits of batting with Faf in the middle.

"For me, the best about batting together, opening the innings has been the experience that we have shared out there in the middle. Applying that experience to give the team starts is something that I am proud of. We just sync together very nicely from the first season itself which is a great thing for the team," Kohli said.

It has been an indifferent season for Kohli who himself admitted that he had never been through a rough patch like this before. Having spent hours in the nets to rediscover his form, the talismanic batter finally seems to be doing what he does best.

"I think it has been a challenging time, there is no doubt about it. A lot of things that are not controllable on the field, you experience that for the first time. So I have experienced that in this season.

"But one thing that stood out to me about yesterday (Wednesday) was my preparation. I batted for about 90 minutes in the nets on the go. All I was trying to do was get into a positive frame of mind. For every ball that I played, I wasn't looking if the ball was seaming or swinging or turning, I was just watching the ball and reacting and giving myself the most positive option possible. I just extended that into the game," Kohli explained.

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