IPL 2021: Ahead of the league opener in Chennai, the celebrated Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt posted a photo of himself in an RCB jersey on Twitter, extending support to Virat Kohli and the entire Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team.
Bolt and Kohli are associated with the global sportswear brand PUMA which recently announced a long-term partnership deal with the Bangalore-based franchise as its official kit partner. In his tweet supporting RCB, Bolt also established his supremacy in his usual wittiest style as he wrote: “Challengers, just letting you know, I’m still the fastest cat around. @imVkohli @ABdeVilliers17 @pumacricket @RCBTweets.”
To this, AB de Villiers replied: “We know whom to call when we need a few extra runs! @usainbolt @pumacricket.”
The Red suits you, legend! Next up, catch a flight to India. We’re waiting! 🙌🤩 https://t.co/tn0GE4KZLt
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 7, 2021
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Earlier last week, the batting legends Kohli and De Villiers had engaged in a cheeky Twitter banter that saw the South African challenging the RCB skipper Kohli for a race.
The IPL 2021 opener between RCB and Mumbai Indians will be played on April 9.
IPL 2021: RCB Playing XI vs MI- Virat Kohli has two options for opening partner in absence of Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal’s absence in the first match will be a big blow, especially when he has been in sublime form. He scored 737 runs in seven innings in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Karnataka including four centuries and three fifties. Padikkal has carried his IPL 2020 form where he scored 473 runs in 15 matches at an average of 31.53. With Virat Kohli declaring his intent to the public to open for RCB, he now has to choose a partner who could provide a solid opening.
RCB’s opening woes aren’t new. In the last few seasons, RCB have struggled to find set openers. But with Devdutt Padikkal, they found a new uncapped batsman who could deliver as promised. But in his, absence, now that RCB will be forced to find Virat Kohli a partner, let’s look at the two options- Mohammed Azharuddeen and Finn Allen.