'If a player can guide team...' - Virender Sehwag slams RCB's batting attack with shocking 'Virat Kohli' reference

Former RCB skipper and the modern-day batting great, Virat Kohli failed to continue his amazing form and got dismissed on the individual score of 22 runs off 16 balls.

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru didn’t have an expected night and faced another failure in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024. They hosted LSG in the 15th match of the tournament at their home ground, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. It was the third defeat for RCB in their fourth match of the IPL 2024 campaign.

Batting first, LSG posted a decent total of 181 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 20 overs courtesy of Quinton De Kock’s 81 runs off 56 runs with 8 fours and 5 sixes followed by vice-captain Nicholas Pooran’s 40 runs off 21 balls, with one four and 5 sixes.

While chasing the target, the RCB batting collapsed against the bowling attack of the Lucknow Super Giants. Former RCB skipper and the batting stalwart, Virat Kohli couldn’t get going in this match and scored only 22 runs off 16 balls, with 2 fours and a six.

Meanwhile, the former Indian batter and now commentator Virender Sehwag slammed RCB’s batting attack while reacting to one of the statements of former Indian batter Manoj Tiwari on Cricbuzz. Sehwag also targeted Virat Kohli on the same.

“They should have chased down this target. I think the absence of AB de Villiers is now hurting them. All-rounder Cameron Green is an emerging player who is doing very well for Australia but has failed to perform for RCB. However, he scored runs in the last match. Rajat Patidar was sent to bat at No 3 and Green, who had performed well in the last match, was not sent. And Glenn Maxwell is also another flop bet. If you check his IPL stats, he is a great performer. If you are not giving a match-winning performance in all 14 matches, then at least deliver in 7-8 matches,” said Manoj Tiwari on Cricbuzz.

"Every team expects its expensive players to play" - Virender Sehwag about RCB batting

“7-8? Even Virat Kohli can't deliver a match-winning performance in 7-8 matches. Every team expects its expensive players to play a big innings in at least 2-3 matches. If a player can guide the team to victory in 2-3 matches, then it's a very big achievement,” replied Virender Sehwag to Manoj Tiwari’s statement.

“A player needs to give consistent performances like scoring 100 runs in one game, 80 runs in the second, and so on. Taking a team to victory in 7-8 matches, this can only be possible in a year and not in IPL. In 17 years of IPL, I have never seen any player playing 7-8 match-winning knocks for his team,” he added later.

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