Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was upset with Chennai Super Kings Ambati Rayudu during the match between the two heavyweights in Dubai on Sunday. During a strategic timeout, Rayudu took longer than usual and play had to be held up as everyone realised that the batsman was missing.Also Read - Virat Kohli Was to be Issued Show Cause Notice by Sourav Ganguly; Ravi Shastri Saw It Coming But he Didn't: BCCI Source
“We’ve got a missing player, that’s what it is. We’ve got no Ambati Rayudu. He’d left the field, we assumed for a bathroom break,” the commentator said. Also Read - No Virat Kohli in ICC Men's Test Team of the Year As Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin Make the Cut
Rayudu had apparently gone for a bathroom break due to an upset tummy. After he came back onto the field, he apologised to AB De Villiers and then Kohli. Also Read - IND vs SA, 2nd ODI: With Series On The Line, India Hope to Put up Better Batting Show
Meanwhile, Gaikwad was awarded the player of the match for his brilliant show with the bat. After the match, young Gaikwad said it was important for him to carry his bat through. He also revealed how his friends and teammates helped him when he contracted the virus after landing in UAE.
“It feels good, and to win the game for the team and stay not-out till the end, more importantly, feels better than the personal milestone. It was tough for me, quarantining for a lot more days compared to the other guys. Everyone was with me – my friends, family. I was practicing well and I knew one good knock was just around the corner,” he said.
Rayudu scored 39 runs off 27 balls in the 146-run chase and his knock was laced with three fours and a couple of sixes. Chennai won the match in emphatic fashion to stay afloat in the tournament for the playoffs race, but in the game that followed, Rajasthan beat Mumbai and that affected the Dhoni-led side – who could not make the playoffs for the first time in the history of the tournament.