The West Indian all-rounder Sunil Narine, who led from the front to help the Kolkata Knight Riders to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets in the Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday, ended Virat Kohli’s dream of winning the IPL title as an RCB skipper.
Narine turned the game on his head by dismissing 4 wickets in his 4 over spell and scoring 26 runs in just 16 deliveries with three sixes in an over of Daniel Christian. Coming into the attack in the 10th over of the RCB innings, Narine not only put the break on the run-rate but also picked up a wicket in each of his four overs. He later played the role of a pinch-hitter smashing three sixes in Christian’s over. He collected 22 runs to tilt the match in KKR’s favour.
Fans, mostly RCB supporters, gave an emotional farewell to Virat Kohli as he stepped down on Monday after 4-wicket loss in the eliminator against the KKR will play against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on Wednesday.
Fans also expressed their dismay at seeing Kohli captain the team for the last time as he had earlier revealed that the IPL 2021 would be his the last season as an RCB skipper.
Kohli took over RCB’s captaincy in 2013, succeeding Daniel Vettori and led the team brilliantly particularly in the last two seasons.
In the IPL 2021, the RCB were one of the most consistent teams and finished the league stage on third due to its net run-rate behind the Chennai Super Kings. However, the team was just 2 points behind table-toppers Delhi Capitals and four ahead of fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders.
Apart from Kohli, it was also heartbreaking for RCB’s Harshal Patel who ended the tournament with 32 wickets to tie with Dwayne Bravo’s record in 2013. He could be the IPL’s highest wicket-taker in a season if Devdutt Padikat caught out the skier shot of Narine in the 17th over of KKR’s inning.