IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB: Varun Chakravarthy Is Going To Be Key When He Plays For India, Says Virat Kohli
IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB: Varun Chakravarthy received plenty of praise from Virat Kohli after helping Kolkata Knight Riders seal an easy win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.
- Virat Kohli hailed Varun Chakravarthy for his performance on Monday
- The spinner took three wickets vs RCB
- KKR resumed their IPL 2021 campaign with an easy win
Varun Chakravarthy was in top form as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) resumed their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, in Abu Dhabi. The spinner took three wickets in four overs and conceded only 13 runs. After the match, RCB captain Virat Kohli lauded the 30-year-old and called him a key player for Team India. Chakravarthy has also been selected for India's T20 World Cup squad with Kohli as skipper. Praising the bowler during the post-match press conference, the 32-year-old said, "Pretty good, that's exactly what I was saying in the dug-out, he's going to be a key factor when he plays for India".
Kohli also stated that youngsters need to emulate Chakravarthy, so that Indian cricket's bench always remains strong.
"We need to see performances like these from all the youngsters so that the bench strength of Indian cricket stays strong", said the RCB skipper.
Lavishing more praise on the KKR spinner, Kohli said that he would be a regular for India in the future. "He's someone who is going to play in the near future for India and it's a great sign", said the India captain.
RCB initially won the toss and opted to bat and were expected to post a strong target for KKR. But Chakravarthy, Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson had other plans, destroying Bangalore's batting order with much aplomb.
RCB could only muster 92 in 19 overs, setting a target of 93 runs.
Chakravarthy took the crucial wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby and Wanindu Hasaranga. Meanwhile, Russell also registered three dismissals and Ferguson bagged two wickets.
Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer carried KKR single-handedly to the finishing line, with the former losing his wicket towards the end.
Gill slammed 48 runs off 34 balls, packed with six fours and a maximum. Meanwhile, Iyer remained unbeaten after scoring 41 off 27 balls, consisting of seven fours and a maximum.
Russell arrived to bat after the dismissal but didn't face a single delivery, with Iyer wrapping up the game for Kolkata.