Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview: Virat Kohli starts campaign for elusive IPL title
There are three big names in the IPL 2020 – MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. There are many names in cricketing folklore in India, but these are the Big Three. With Dhoni and Sharma already in the picture, it is time for Kohli to appear when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai. For India, Virat Kohli has won everything on offer. But when it comes to the IPL, there is a huge difference in Kohli’s performances. While he was desperately hoping it would happen this year, he would have to get off the right foot against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Warner took Kohli to the podium at the end of the IPL tournament. The SRH captain, one of the biggest players in international cricket, will hope that it is he who will overtake RCB and resume another championship campaign.
Dubai will be hosted for the competition, and along with the other two venues, needs to see how it behaves. Bowling Sach and Tej worked in the first match, where big shots did not always reach the fence. So, big hitters can be challenged well. Also, there were signs of dew at night in Abu Dhabi, so it could also be an unfit drama.
For bowlers, it is as usual – keep it straight and true and expect the batsman to be remembered.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are two important elements in SRH bowling. Bhuvi is one of the best players in India, while Rashid remains in the top position when it comes to the spin department. This will be the biggest challenge for Kohli, AB de Villiers and other frontline RCB batsmen.
Equally, it would serve for Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Morris and Washington Sundar to rest at Warner, Kane Williamson and the Bay.
As always, there is little to choose between teams. But RCB, which had a terrible 2019 season, would definitely like to start with a bang and continue the good work.