Virat Kohli believes he has similar approach as David Warner

David Warner
Virat Kohli and David Warner. (Photo Source: BCCI)

After 56 group matches, Eliminator, and Qualifiers, we have Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) led by David Warner to feature in the final of the tournament. Whoever wins, it will be a new team lifting the IPL champions trophy.

Virat feels that he and the rival skipper Warner have some similarities with their approach. As we had seen in the last match between SRH and Gujarat Lions (GL), Warner was highly dissatisfied with the way some of his teammates batted and he had said that in the post match presentation as well. And that is the same case with Virat. They try to do things themselves and that is the way they want their teammates to do as well.


“I think we think on similar lines. We try to do things ourselves first which we are expecting from our team-mates. There is similarity between me and Warner, in terms of approaching the game,” he told reporters on the eve of the summit clash.

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Virat is happy with the two-day break before the all-important final, as it helps them to draft plans and strategies. “We had a long run before the last game we played. So, in that regard, two days off was a good thing. It was an opportunity to come together and draft plans for the finals.”

“The opportunity came through two practice sessions. I felt it was a good time to prepare to build a good momentum to storm into the finals,” Kohli said.

Kohli feels that playing in front of the home crowd could play a massive role in making the opponents nervous. “The support has been wonderful in Bangalore even if we have not done really well. The energy the people bring in the stadium it plays a massive role for the team. The support of home crowd can make other team nervous which we saw that happening, making AB De Villiers go for the victory against Gujarat Lions in Qualifier 1,” he said.

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The match is said to be a battle between the RCB batting v SRH bowling, but Kohli said that both the teams are balanced in all the departments. “They (SRH) are one of the most balanced teams before the tournament started. We are aware of it. They are into the final, and it cannot be done without their batting. Same with us too, we could not have been in the final without our bowlers blazing guns,” he argued.

Asked about RCB coach Daniel Vettori, Kohli said that he has got a lot of composure and understands the team very well. “Vettori has shown a lot of composure as a coach and he has come a long way in understanding the team and handling the guys pretty well, and also he has been good the youngsters,”