Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli and team will open their 2020 Indian Premier League campaign against David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad. The third game of the 2020 IPL season will be played today at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
RCB captain Kohli will be rooting for victory in their first game of this year’s edition of IPL to silence his critics. However, that will not be the only reason for him to showcase a winning performance. Apparently, Kohli is also on the verge of achieving a personal milestone with a 50th win as RCB skipper. Given their dismal performance in the previous year’s edition, the Bengaluru team under Kohli’s captaincy will be desperate to register a win against their neighbouring rivals.
With a win in their opening game, Kohli will join the ranks of Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni (101), former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir (71), and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma (60), becoming the fourth to join the elite club.
The hitman, who has been a consistent performer for his team, is just five boundaries away from completing another milestone of surpassing Shane Watson to become the leading run-scorer against the Hyderabad team. He has got off to good starts in a few games, but is yet to notch up a big score in the tournament.
He is short of 10 sixes to record another milestone in the IPL tournament and take his tally of sixes to 20. He will again be the fourth batsman to reach this personal milestone after Chris Gayle (326), AB de Villiers (212) and MS Dhoni (209).
Over the years, Kohli has scored 235 runs in 11 innings in RCB’s opening games of IPL tourneys for RCB. With a strike rate of 113.53, the RCB’s opening batsman will be a considerable threat for SRH.