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Kohli Finding His Form to Match of the Season: Week 8 Wrap of Indian T20 League

We’re in the final phase of the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League and the race for the playoffs spots has been intense. In pursuit of booking the final playoffs berth, Team Bangalore’s King Kohli stepped up big time and finally came to the party in what has been his toughest season in the Indian T20 League.

As the competition got to the business stage, there were several key moments from week eight and here we have shortlisted four of them that deserve the attention of the viewer.

 

KING KOHLI FINDS SOME FORM

It has been King Kohli’s toughest season in the Indian T20 League with the bat. It was his first season post relinquishing the captaincy of the franchise and people felt that it would liberate him as a batter but the opposite happened to him in the season. He found weird ways of getting out throughout the season and it was a struggle from the very beginning.

The only positive sign for Kohli has been the way he ended the league stage. It looked like the angry side of Kohli was back and he was out there to make an impact for his side in a crunch situation. He was enjoying every ball in his match-winning 73 off 54 balls and it was good to see him find some form albeit very late in the season.

 

THE BAILS SEEM TOUGH TO DISLODGE

The new bails that are being used in the competition, the zinger bails, have LED lights embedded in them and they light up the moment anything comes in contact with them. This technology has made life easier for the third umpire to make a tight runout or stumping call. But the flip side to having this technology is that the bails are far heavier than what used to be the case. Hence we’ve seen a couple of instances where the ball has clearly hit the stumps and bails have lit up but failed to dislodge.

Earlier it was Yuzvendra Chahal on the receiving end of this incident and this week it was Rashid Khan who went through Maxwell’s defence and the ball crashed into leg stump but the bails failed to dislodge. This brought about a lively debate on social media where some pundits were calling for the bails to be removed from the game completely while others wanted to stick to the tradition of the game and just have lighter bails. Something for the MCC to ponder going forward.

 

THE TWO NEWBIES BOOK THEIR PLAYOFFS SPOTS

Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that the two teams in their maiden season would become the first two teams to qualify for the playoffs? But credit to Team Gujarat and Team Lucknow who have played magnificent cricket throughout the league stage to qualify for the knockout stage.

 

WE WITNESSED THE MATCH OF THE SEASON

One thing which has been lacking in this season’s Indian T20 League has been nail-biting last ball thrillers. The competition finally delivered in the final matchweek of the league stage when Team Kolkata took on Team Lucknow at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Kolkata had to win this match to keep their playoff hopes alive, while Lucknow were looking for a win to seal their playoff spot. Batting first Lucknow posted 210 without losing even a single wicket as Quinton de Kock played a blinder, 140* off 70 balls.

In reply, Team Kolkata showed the right intent and an unexpected star in Rinku Singh emerged out of nowhere to take this match to the final three balls. Marcus Stoinis, the bowler of the 20th over kept his nerve and got the important wicket of Rinku on the penultimate ball and clean bowled Umesh Yadav off the final ball to book his team a ticket to the playoffs.

Team Kolkata were knocked out of the competition but can leave with their heads held high as their captain, Shreyas Iyer called that the best match he has ever been a part of.

Read: Five Candidates To Replace Brendon McCullum As Team Kolkata’s Coach

 

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