Excitement for Royal Clash is on another level for all cricket fans whether their favorite teams are not any from RCB or RR but definitely they are waiting for this Clash. Former India head coach, Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli should play his natural game and try to watch out against high-quality spinners R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal. Royal Challengers Bangalore will face table-toppers Rajasthan Royals this is said to be one of the most thrilling matches of IPL 2022 in Mumbai.
Ravi Shastri also said he enjoyed the batting style of Virat Kohli against left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar in Banglores opening match against Punjab Kings. Kohli scored 41 runs not out from just 29 balls, he was looking confident against the spinners. He used his footwork smartly and smashed 2 sixes. However, Virat Kohli got out for just 12 runs in their second match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Rajasthan Royals will use their spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin smartly to jam down Virat Kohli, who is struggling to score big against spinners in the IPL. Since 2021, Kohli has scored 381 runs against spinners in the IPL but his strike rate of just 107.32 is a cause for concern.
"I think he should just play his game. I think he played very well in the first game, I liked the way he played. He used his feet, looked busy, and was prepared to rock back well," Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.
"What you want from Virat is to look busy. If you cant hit the big ones, make sure you are rotating the strike and making the bowlers think. He will play his natural game.
"Its a good contest. These 2 are very good spinners," he added.
Shastri also asked Kohli to play the sweep against spinners to make sure that they dont settle into a rhythm against him.
"He has to use the paddle sweep against these two. Thats a part of the game he has to work on."Opposition teams know that when he comes to bat, he doesnt sweep (against the spinners). When you know that, the field placements can be done precisely. Once you start sweeping, I dont care who the spinner is, youre making him play," Shastri added.
This will be a legendary battle between King Kohli and Notorious Chahal, it will be interesting as the leg-spinner had been an integral part of the RCB squad under the formers captaincy over the years.
Chahal picked up 3/22 in RRs win over SunRisers Hyderabad and finished with 2/26 against Mumbai Indians last week.