“It’s going to take more than Virat Kohli for RCB to lift the trophy”, says Tom Moody

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Tom Moody

Former Australian cricketer and coach, Tom Moody, recently made a statement that has stirred the Indian Premier League (IPL) fraternity. He noted that while Kohli’s quality and class as a batsman are unquestionable, and he is likely to be among the leading run-scorers in the IPL, it will take more than just his individual performance for RCB to lift the trophy.

Tom Moody on what needs to be done by RCB to lift the IPL trophy

“Virat Kohli – you would never question his quality and class, and there is no doubt he is going to be in the leading run scorers’ list in this IPL. But it’s going to take more than Virat Kohli for RCB to lift the trophy,” he said.

Kohli, a stalwart of RCB, has been with the team since the inaugural IPL season. Despite his consistent performances, including a record-breaking 973 runs in the 2016 season, RCB has yet to clinch the coveted IPL title.

Moody’s statement underscores the importance of a collective team effort in winning the IPL. He praised Kohli’s batting prowess but emphasized that even if Kohli scores heavily, he will need the support of other players for RCB to win the tournament.

“He needs a collective effort at RCB for them to be champions this year. It’s not just going to be down to one person and his ability to score hundreds and hundreds of runs,” added Moody.

Last year, RCB relied heavily on the trio of Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell. While all three performed well, the lack of a collective effort saw RCB failing to make it past the league stage. Moody believes that for RCB to lift the trophy, it will take more than Kohli’s individual brilliance.

Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis, Glen Maxwell
Virat Kohli, Faf Du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell

Moody also expressed concern about RCB’s bowling attack. He stated, “My concern is not RCB scoring runs, it’s RCB restricting the opposition from scoring runs, them having the ability to shut teams down and to take wickets in key moments”. This highlights the need for a balanced team performance, both in batting and bowling.

As IPL 2024 is set to kick off on March 22, with RCB taking on reigning champions Chennai Super Kings in the opening match, Moody’s insights serve as a reminder of the collective effort required for RCB to end their title drought. It will be interesting to see how RCB strategizes this season and whether they can finally lift the IPL trophy.

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