Vivian Richards pic credit Twitter
Vivian Richards pic credit Twitter

Vivian Richards, one of the greatest batsman in the history of the game, has written and reiterated in his column for TOI that he believes Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been the most important players for their respective franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, in this year’s Indian Premier League season.

He has also pointed out the need for the two sides’ bowling lineups to stand up too as they approach the second half of the IPL season.

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Sir Viv wrote, “Virat and Rohit have been in great form but their team’s all-around performance needs to improve if they want to qualify for the playoffs. The Bangalore boys have always had a bowling concern and the same has been haunting them this season too” 

“With a fantastic batting line-up that manages to get runs on the board, their bowling in the death overs has been below par and their poor fielding has made their case worse. Failure of getting the basics right has definitely cost Virat and his men a number of games, just as dropping an easy catch of [Chris] Lynn deprived them of a win in the previous match,”

Talking about tonight’s crucial game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sir Viv further wrote, “We are half-way through IPL 11 and the four teams that make up the bottom half of the table are looking to turn things around. Mumbai and Bangalore have brilliant teams on paper, but the ball hasn’t seemed to stick to either of them just yet. In a must-win match for both teams, it will be interesting to see what this encounter holds and how the two smashing Indian skippers will leave their mark,” 

By Kashish Chadha