TATA IPL 2024: Varun Aaron: Virat Kohli Fired Up by KKR Dugout Glance Ahead of Clash

TATA IPL 2024: Varun Aaron: Virat Kohli Fired Up by KKR Dugout Glance Ahead of Clash
In the highly anticipated IPL 2024 showdown between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, former Indian pacer Varun Aaron suggests that talismanic batsman Virat Kohli will draw motivation from the presence of Gautam Gambhir, who serves as a mentor for KKR. Kohli recently showcased his prowess with a match-winning 77 off 49 balls against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at RCB's home ground. Aaron's remarks follow a tense encounter between Kohli and Gambhir during IPL 2023, when Gambhir was mentoring Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), resulting in both players being fined 100% of their match fees.
“I'm looking forward to the match-up outside the boundary line. Gautam Gambhir is going to be at the boundary line right beside the RCB dugout, don't know what's going to happen there, I think, you know how Virat is, he likes to have some fire all the time, and if he just looks at the KKR dugout, he's just going to be fired up", said Aaron to TV broadcasters.
Steve Smith, the Australian batter currently working as a pundit in the tournament, is also excited about the RCB-KKR face-off. "Yeah, that's a nice battle to look for. The rivalry is not going to be any different. I'm looking forward to it. Virat was outstanding last game, he showed some real ominous signs, and I'm looking forward to that contest tomorrow (at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium)".
Smith also commented on the maturity demonstrated by Riyan Parag during his match-winning innings of 84 not out off 45 balls in Rajasthan Royals' (RR) victory by 12 runs against Delhi Capitals (DC). "Yeah, I think he's matured a lot, and I think just the way the innings was constructed, he took the pressure off early by just knocking it around, playing really smart cricket, building a few partnerships after the loss of 3 wickets".
The Australian additionally provided remarks on the performance of left-arm fast bowler Nandre Burger, who swiftly dismissed Mitchell Marsh and Ricky Bhui during DC's pursuit of 186 runs. Despite Burger's contributions, DC ultimately fell short in their chase. "Yeah, it was a big performance and Mitch Marsh was looking in ominous touch, striking very heavily, and you know how dangerous he is as a player. So yeah, he came in and bowled at some really good pace, good aggression which led to those two wickets which enabled the spinners to come on after that, put a bit of pressure and squeeze the middle overs”.
Source: IANS