Royal Challengers and Virat Kohli Bangalore were defeated by the Gujarat Titans by six wickets on Sunday at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, ruining their hopes of winning their first IPL title. Kohli garnered more admirers despite the defeat following a century-plus performance.
After the defeat, the former RCB captain autographed t-shirts for Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed. The RCB players also completed a lap of the Chinnswamy Stadium to express their gratitude to the supporters for their unwavering support all season long.
Here’s the viral video:
Virat Kohli gifted Rashid Khan a signed jersey and hugged him.
A beautiful moment between two of the greats of cricket! pic.twitter.com/degN0bjie3
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 22, 2023
Before it, Kohli’s seventh IPL hundred and second consecutive century of IPL 2023 helped RCB defeat GT for a competitive 197/5. But Gujarat Titans, who Hardik Pandya headed, beat RCB by six wickets on the day. On Sunday, Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to terminate the home team’s run in the Indian Premier League. Shubman Gill blasted a brilliant century in the victory. The outcome enabled Mumbai Indians to qualify as the fourth team for the playoffs.
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GT nonetheless reached the target in 19.1 overs, dashing RCB’s hopes. In the postponed match due to weather, Vijay Shankar hit 53 in 35 while the in-form GT batsman finished unbeaten on a 52-ball 104. In a week, Kohli will be preparing for the World Test Championship final against Australia in London. There, Kohli would be an important figure for India.
“Ya, I felt great. A lot of people feel my T20 cricket is declining, but I don’t feel like that at all. I feel I am playing my best T20 cricket again. I’m just enjoying myself; this is how I play T20 cricket. I look to hit gaps, hit a lot of boundaries and the big ones in the end if the situation allows me to. Strike rates, all those kind of things, like I said in the past as well… You have to read the situation and rise up to the occasion when the situation demands and that’s something I take a lot of pride in doing, and I’ve been doing it for a while now. I feel really good with my game at the moment and how I’m batting out there in the middle,” Virat Kohli told Ravi Shastri during the mid-innings break.