IPL 2020, CSK vs RCB, Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Face-Off: Shardul Thakur vs Virat Kohli
IPL 2020, CSK vs RCB: While it takes quite some skill to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli when he is on song, Chennai Super Kings have found some confidence in Shardul Thakur, who is keen and always ready for the fight.
Virat Kohli has blown hot and cold in IPL 2020 so far, scoring 133 runs
Shardul Thakur has emerged as CSK's premier fast bowler in last few games
Thakur will have to be on top of his game to dismiss dangerous Kohli
While it takes quite some skill to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli when he is on song, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have found some confidence in Shardul Thakur, who is keen and always ready for the fight. While Kohli will desperately be looking for a big win, that puts added pressure on him, which could work well for the CSK bowling, more so Thakur. However, if there is one cricketer who will be in the thick of a fight, that is Kohli, so Thakur and teammates will have to be on top of their game.
Thakur was in his elements in the match with Kolkata Knight Riders, picking off Shubman Gill and Andre Russell. He has played three matches to claim five wickets, at an economy of 8.25. Overall, Thakur has played 39 IPL games for 41 wickets at 8.96.
Kohli has been swaying between the good and the bad in IPL 2020. He has 133 runs from five games with an ordinary strike rate of 109.91, as opposed to his IPL rate of 130.99, off 182 games that have got him 5575 runs.
This face-off will be decided by who hits form on the given day, and will also surely have an element of luck. Both cricketers have a chance of pipping the other, which is what makes most duels interesting.
Note: All stats courtesy iplt20.com