India captain Virat Kohli has his sight on yet another record, this time in the upcoming Indian T20 League opener when Chennai lock horns with Bangalore. Kohli could equal Hyderabad’s David Warner half-century record if he manages a fifty at MA Chinnaswamy in the tournament opener. Warner has 39 fifties to his name, whereas Kohli is just one shot of that mark. Given the form Kohli is in, no one would write it beyond him.
“Every professional knows how to maintain a balance. Eventually, you are playing for a franchise who have trusted you to do the job. Till the time you play, you have to give your 120 per cent, not when you do not have to play. I do not believe in playing with 70-75 per cent,” Kohli said at an IPL presser ahead of the tournament opener.
Kohli would be hoping to bring his ‘A’ game to the fore and change the fortune of Bangalore. Bangalore is one of the few teams to have never won the Indian T20 League, and this time he would be eager to change it.
On the other hand, David Warner would be making a comeback to Indian T20 League after missing out the last season due to a ban he was serving.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh.