Royal Challengers Bangalore will be up against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator game which will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on May 25. Lucknow Super Giants slipped to the third position in the points table after Rajasthan Royals beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings in their last league game. Mumbai Indians who became the first team to get out of the playoffs race helped RCB to book their spot in the playoffs (IPL 2022) after defeating Delhi Capitals in their last game of the season.
Former Indian team captain Virat Kohli who isn’t in good touch this season will be seen playing against LSG on May 25. Virat could be crucial for RCB in the playoffs as his knockout games record is pretty impressive. Not only playing for his IPL franchise but also for India. He has a great finishing record in the knockout games for India.
Virat Kohli’s record in Playoffs (IPL):
In the year 2016, when RCB reached the finals, Virat Kohli’s contribution was very crucial. It was Virat Kohli’s one of the best IPL seasons ever as he recorded four centuries in a single season and becomes the first-ever batter to cross 900 runs. Despite RCB didn’t win the trophy but skipper Virat won hearts. RCB have appeared 7 times in the IPL playoffs and this is their 8th time. Virat Kohli has scored two half-centuries and scored 278 runs in 13 matches he played.
Runs – 278
Matches – 13
Half-centuries – 2
Centuries – 0
Average – 21.3
Skipper Faf du Plessis has a better record than Virat Kohli in the playoffs as the former CSK man has scored 348 runs in just 12 matches and also has three fifties to his name. So, this could be crucial for RCB as they will have to win two games to book their spot in the finals. Runs from both these openers are important to secure their (RCB) place in the finals.
Virat Kohli’s record in knockouts (International):
Virat Kohli has played so many knockout games for India. He scored some crucial innings that which help India go forward in the league. The Indian cricket team has the best No.3 batter right now and his record at the same position is just exceptional. Virat has played as many as 15 knockout matches in ICC across three different formats.
Matches – 15
Number of 20+ scores – 9
Half-centuries – 5
Centuries – 0
Virat’s inning of 35 runs in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka was also one of his great as he built a great partnership with Gautam Gambhir to help India lift the trophy after 28 years. Out of these 9 innings in which Kohli scored 20+ scores, India won 6. However, Virat Kohli did fail in his last four knockout games but still has a chance to bounce back in the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year.