Royal Challengers Bangalore have started their IPL 2021 campaign in the best possible fashion, as they have won all four of their opening matches. RCB currently sit on top of the points table, after they secured a convincing 10-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli stitched a partnership of 181 runs for the first wicket, as the former scored his first IPL century. Padikkal scored 101 runs off just 52 balls, for which he was awarded the player of the match. Virat Kohli played second fiddle to the youngster, as he scored 72 runs off 47 balls.
Ashish Nehra, former RCB bowling coach believes that the table-toppers should not limit themselves, and avoid unnecessary experimentation. He believes that RCB’s main aim should be to secure to place in the top two at the earliest, which gives them two opportunities to progress into the finals.
“Virat Kohli, as a skipper, never take things lightly. The way they have started their campaign and won four in four, they shouldn’t limit themselves. I remember when I was in Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and when we went to South Africa in 2009. We experimented with a few things towards the end of the league phase as we had already won around 10 out of 12 games. So first, they should confirm their play-off qualification and try to finish in the top 2,” said Nehra while talking to Cricbuzz.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to continue their winning streak, as they face another in-form team, Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. CSK have won three consecutive matches, after losing their first match against Delhi Capitals. MS Dhoni’s men currently sit on the second spot in the league table.
Sunday’s clash against the Men in Yellow, will be RCB’s last match at the Wankhede Stadium. Virat Kohli’s men will play their next round of matches at the Narendra Modi Stadium and the historic Eden Gardens.