The Royal Challengers Bangalore team seemed just so empty without Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli's shoulder was put through the paces at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, and it is the Mumbai Indians who will get the first taste of the brute musculature that sent the ball sailing into the stands during a lengthy net session.
The injury had forced Kohli to miss the fourth Test at Dharamsala against Australia.
We all know that swashbuckling South African batsman AB de Villiers, who is nicknamed Mr. 360, is one of the most destructive in world cricket at the moment.
He returned from injury layoff with a bang, hitting a swashbuckling 89 not out off only 46 balls. Kohli is the player to watch out for he can change the course of the game single-handedly.
The mandatory rest certainly gave Kohli a chance to take a long, hard look at some of the non-action from the India-Australia series. I think that is why Chris was left out in the last game, but yes what works for us in Bangalore we would definitely go with the strongest combination possible.
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Having lost two out of three games so far, Captain Kohli's return is a big boost to the RCB camp desperate to get back to winning days. That's the ideal position for him. Actually enjoyed staying away a bit.
The RCB captain ran around to hold on to some high and low catches under the watchful eyes of team's fielding coach Trent Woodhill. But we have to focus on our strengths and see what we can achieve.
Playing such a knock is never easy especially when you are just back from injury. And when you lose your two biggest players and add KL Rahul, I think over 70% of the runs scored a year ago for RCB was from those three players. The stand-in captain failed with the bat on all occasions and the other batsman also failed to support ABD and Kedar. In the bowling department players such as Tymal Mills, Iqbal Abdullah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Billy Stanlake are supposed to be part of today's match as well.
Watson's indifferent form might see Chris Gayle coming in to replace him. I have nothing to lose, bowling to a legend like ABD. To be Chris Gayle's got to play. Both Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle are looking very good at the moment and have taken the score past 50-run mark. But in the larger picture, you understand what's important for the team.
"I am more than happy to shake his hand and say hello to him, that is for sure".