Kolkata, May 16: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli played another captain's knock to take his side comfortably home in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here today (May 16). (Match Scorecard)
The leading run-scorer of the ongoing tournament played an unbeaten knock of 75 runs off 51 deliveries against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and put up another 100-run partnership with AB de Villiers. (Kohli becomes highest run-scorer in IPL history)
But what makes Virat Kohli's innings more special is that he played such a fiery knock with an injured palm.
Kohli had incurred a split webbing while fielding in the deep, the skipper had to even walk out of the ground for some time to get the first aid. But even an injury failed to pose a hurdle in his way as he came out with Chris Gayle to open the RCB innings.
After winning the match Kohli told the commentator during the post match presentation that he has started feeling the pain in his palm and might get 7 or 8 stitches on his webbing.
"It's a big split, my hand is starting to pain now, looks like I've got get seven or eight stitches. I don't mind even 10 stitches as long as we keep winning," a visibly satisfied Kohli said about his split webbing.
"I was scared while I walked off the field, my webbing was split badly, but I told the physio I had to go out and bat at any cost," he further said.
When asked about the run chase Kohli said, "It was a tricky chase because the wicket was a bit sticky. I knew I had to stay in. We spoke about that. Again, with AB coming out and taking the chase along with me, it feels wonderful. We haven't always played well in Kolkata, but it feels great that we'll carry this win to Bangalore.
Kohli further said,"You asked me two games back how we love the situation we find ourselves in, and I told you we love it. There are no room for errors. We have momentum at the right time now, we just want to continue it. I told ABD we have to take the team home and he responded saying 'Yes, we will.' He never lets pressure get on to me. We run well between the wickets, and the opposition gets unsettled."