Don’t mind 10 stitches as long as RCB keep winning, says injured Virat Kohli after match-winning knock

first_imgVirat Kohli thrives when a challenge is thrown at him and in this edition of the Indian Premier League he has loads of them. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are now in a must-win situation in every match in order to keep their playoff hopes alive and so far haven’t put a foot wrong.In Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), RCB had a tough opposition but it was their skipper Kohli leading from the front and ensuring a safe passage for his team with a thumping nine-wicket victory at the Eden Gardens. Put in to bat, KKR batsmen did well to put up a daunting target of 184, riding on the fifties from Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and a handy cameo from Andre Russell (39) down the order.RCB needed a solid start and they got with Chris Gayle getting back to his old touch by scoring a fluent 31-ball 49. After Gayle’s dismissal, Kohli and AB de Villiers (59*) took charge by putting up a 115-run partnership. ANOTHER KOHLI MILESTONEWith Kohli being in scorching form, records are bound to break as the right-handed batsman became the leading run-getter in a single IPL edition going past Gayle’s mark of 733 runs. After his unbeaten 75 in this match, Kohli is leading the batting chart with 752 runs, which consists of three centuries and five fifties at an average of 83.55.BRAVES INJURYThe importance of this knock grows manifold with Kohli batting like a champion despite splitting the web on his left hand. For Kohli, injuries also work as motivation.advertisement”I was afraid that I had split my webbing badly but I told the physio that I want to play anyhow. A bit of injury gives extra motivation and it feels sweeter to do that extra bit for the team,” Kohli said.Kohli split his webbing while fielding and said he doesn’t mind the stitches if RCB win their next two games.”The split is big and I will go for stitches, seven or eight maybe and it has started to pain now. I don’t mind even 10 stitches as long as we win the next two games.”‘LOVING THE SITUATION’The RCB was also happy to see Gayle getting back to form at the right time and said the team is enjoying the situation that the team is in.”We haven’t played well in Kolkata, so this win feels very sweet. Right time to go to Bangalore and really happy that Chris (Gayle) is back in form. Important to respect the sport and do the same things again and again.”We love the situation and we are not taking things easy, which is the greatest mindset to be in as a cricketer,” Kohli said.last_img read more