IPL 2019: After RCB’s exit, Rohan Gavaskar wants Virat Kohli to rest himself
"He is so important to all of us from the World Cup point of view," Rohan said.
Published - May 1, 2019 6:09 pm | Updated - May 1, 2019 6:09 pm
Even before their previous match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Bengaluru, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a slim chance of qualifying for the playoffs. However, after persistent rain, the team, captained by Virat Kohli, the match was abandoned and RCB officially eliminated from the league. The Challengers lost six matches in succession to make a miserable start.
Thereafter, Kohli’s men got a few victories under their belt, but they were faced with a humungous task, which proved to be well out of their reach. In the meantime, former Indian cricketer and son of the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, Rohan, who is commentating in the ongoing IPL talked about RCB’s journey in the T20 tournament. He said that the 30-year-old Virat should rest bearing in mind the upcoming World Cup.
“From an Indian cricket point of view, I hope this gives Virat Kohli a bit of rest because he is so important to all of us from the World Cup point of view. I’m not sure he’ll take a rest as that’s the kind of cricketer he is. He always wants to be involved so I’m not sure he’ll rest himself,” Gavaskar told CricketNext.
“This is also an opportunity for RCB to try and play the youngsters, the Indian youngsters in the squad, throw them in the deep and see how they perform in the IPL in front of big crowds, television cameras. It also gives an idea of who to invest in for the future or who you can discard,” he added.
Virat Kohli crucial for World Cup
India’s opening match in the mega event is against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton and Virat is expected to put his best foot forward. With over 10,000 ODI runs under his belt, the Delhi-born batter has been able to terrorize batsmen with his wide array of strokes. Previously, Virat played two World Cups in 2011 and 2015 and this will be his first as the Indian captain.
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