Basking in the glory of two consecutive victories in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have seen a sudden upsurge in their fortunes after six back-to-back losses in the T20 extravaganza. In their last four matches – Bangalore had managed to pull off three thrilling victories, two of which have come against KKR and CSK in close contests respectively.
On Sunday, RCB beat CSK for the first time since 2014 and they do it in quite dramatic fashion. Apart from Parthiv Patel’s gritty half-century and MS Dhoni’s pure carnage – it was Dale Steyn, who turned back the clock with an impressive spell of fast bowling to put some life into Bangalore’s bowling unit. Result – the hosts won the game by one run and thwarted Chennai from sealing a spot in the semis.
Steyn’s return to Royal Challengers Bangalore has brought about posts along the lines of the recent #10YearChallenge trend on social media with pictures showing him and Kohli celebrating in 2009 and in 2019. The 30-year-old Kohli shared a throwback picture of the famed challenge with a beautiful caption – “My most favourite #10yearchallenge ever!”
In the two games that Steyn has played, he has taken four wickets in his bid to help RCB back to winning ways and captain Kohli is undoubtedly pleased as punch.
“We have won three of the last four and that feels great. Feels amazing to be able to celebrate again with Dale Steyn. I never thought this would be possible after we parted ways in 2010,” Kohli told Steyn in a short post-match interaction at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
“It feels fantastic to be back with RCB and the social media posts bring back lots of memories and makes me nostalgic. It also shows how well you’ve done. This man (Kohli) has gone on taken and taken the world by storm and is one of the best players if not the best in the world,” Steyn told Kohli.
“I was lucky enough to watch him in the beginning when he was 18.”
RCB will host Kings XI Punjab in the next match before they travel to the national capital to face Delhi Capitals.