After a long break of 28 years, India won the ICC ODI World Cup on April 2, 2011, 10 years ago. India successfully chased the 275-run goal against Sri Lanka, with captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni playing a game-winning shot. Dhoni scored and went unbeaten 91 times to take home the coveted trophy. One thing remains synonymous with this 2011 final for Indian fans and that is Dhoni’s legendary win in six games. The six is part of Indian folklore.
On the twelfth anniversary of that historic victory of the 2011 World cup win, Virat Kohli repeated a similar high almost by accident. But this time for the Royal Challengers Bangalore from the Indian Premier League. Kohli’s side faced Mumbai Indians in their first IPL game of 2023. Although he initially took charge and scored 73 balls out of 43, RCB captain Faf du Plessis eventually sacked the opponent team equally. Kohli then finished the job, going undefeated on 82 of 49 deliveries. The Royal Challengers remained in control throughout the race.
It was Kohli who got the sixth win. This bore similar to the six, Dhoni scored on Nuwan Kulasekara’s ball to win the 2011 World Cup final.
Peaked after the game, Kohli said RCB must remain focused on the title fight. “Phenomenal triumph. Returning home after so many years. Thank you to your team for this result. Tilak Varma hit well. We keep going backward. Faf du Plessis went first and I joined later. I’m very happy with how things went today,” said Kohli after the game. “Except that Mumbai has won five times and Chennai four times. We have placed ourselves in the rankings several times. So we play cricket all the time. It’s just about staying focused and trying to be the most balanced team. We have to use this dynamic. We just have to do better. “The new ball was a bit tricky. But we changed the swing by dropping them with the new ball. We invest all his intensity. The aim was pretty good. We are reaching good areas. We’re still putting pressure on the bowlers.” Kohli added.