Virat Kohli was at his finest within the recreation in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on May 18 (Thursday) scoring his sixth hundred within the Indian Premier League (IPL). He additionally turned the participant with most centuries within the cash-rich league alongside Chris Gayle. It was a day of information for the previous RCB and India skipper however his efficiency additionally reaffirmed his special connection with the date – MAY 18. Yes, Virat Kohli is a special participant, little question. But in relation to the mentioned date, the person is sure to play a special knock.
It was not the primary time that Virat Kohli received the Player of the Match on May 18. He received the award for the third time on the day having received it earlier than in 2013 and 2016. Let us know what occurred on May 18, 2013 and May 18, 2016.
1. May 18, 2013
It was the seventieth match of the season and rain performed spoilsport within the recreation between RCB and CSK. But the rain gods relented simply in time for the 8-over per facet recreation to happen. Virat Kohli took centrestage after (*10*) opted to bowl first and what adopted was carnage. Kohli obtained going from the phrase go and ended up smashing an unbeaten 56 with six fours and 4 sixes at a strike fee 193.10. On the again of his stellar knock, RCB posted 106 runs on the board in 8 overs. CSK in response might solely attain 82 runs to lose the sport by 24 runs. Kohli received the Player of the Match award for his captain’s knock with the bat.
2. May 18, 2016
Rain as soon as once more made its presence felt in Bengaluru and this time it was a 15-over per facet recreation in opposition to Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). Virat Kohli opened the innings with Chris Gayle and no bowler was spared. Kohli’s hitting was so clear that he middled each ball with the most efficient shot being the well-known cowl drive. He saved smashing the bowlers and ended up scoring a sensible century. The man scored 113 runs off simply 50 deliveries at a strike fee of 226 with 12 fours and eight sixes to his identify as RCB posted a mammoth whole of 211 runs for the lack of three wickets. No marvel they ended up successful the match by a big margin of 82 runs.
Come 2023, Virat Kohli but once more made May 18 special for him and his followers. He will probably be hoping to hold on the wealthy vein of kind into the final recreation and subsequently into the playoffs as effectively if RCB qualify.