Virat Kohli produced an amzing shot at Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s delivery, which left RCB captain Faf Du Plessis, commentators Bishop, and Gavaskar shocked.
Virat Kohli ended his four-year wait for a century in the Indian Premier League, and on Thursday night he smashed a century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and took Royal Challengers Bangalore to an important win in an IPL 2023 match. Kohli’s last century in the league came in the year 2019 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kohli endured a long drought for a century, which eventually ended last year in the Asia Cup. The 34-year-old had a rough patch in IPL 2022 but came back strongly this year, having already amassed 538 runs in 13 matches till now.
Kohli began in an aggressive manner, hitting his first two deliveries for four against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He attacked Bhuvneshwar again when the SRH pacer returned for a second spell during the 15th over of the innings, as he displayed his class with a number of boundaries, but one that left the fans, commentators, and even his batting partner Faf du Plessis shocked came in the second delivery of the over.
Bhuvneshwar pitched the delivery outside off, and Kohli bent forward, offered the full face of the bat, and smashed it brilliantly towards the extra cover. He maintained the pose for cameras as Faf du Plessis walked up to him in awe.
The visuals of du Plessis’ expression after that amazing shot from Kohli went viral on social media.
Faf was not the only one bowled over by the Kohli cover drive, but along with him, commentators Ian Bishop and Sunil Gavaskar, who were in the commentary box at that point in time, also went crazy.
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Bishop said, “Oh glorious, it just gets better and better (this innings from Kohli). Talk about the right time to be producing his best.” Whereas Gavaskar said, “So often have we seen him play the drive along the ground, but look at that. He can hit aerials too. He is the best player on the extra-cover drive.”