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IPL 2023: ‘I don’t care about what anyone on the outside says’, Kohli hits back at critics after his ton

After scoring a fantastic century and leading Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thumping eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL 2023 match, Virat Kohli hit back at his critics saying “I don’t care what anyone says on the outside”.

Though Virat has scored more than 500 runs in the ongoing season, his strike rate came under severe criticism. Post his 46-ball 55 against Delhi Capitals that came in a losing cause, questions were raised over Kohli’s batting approach and his ability to bat at an acceptable rate.

On Thursday in Hyderabad, however, Kohli quashed all doubts in style by hitting his first IPL ton (100 off 63 balls) in four years to put RCB in pole position to make it to the playoffs.  

Chasing 187 to win, Virat looked in fine touch right from the beginning and kept his foot on the accelerator throughout his innings. He stitched a massive opening partnership of 172 runs with Faf du Plessis as RCB chased down the target with four balls to spare.

“I don’t give myself enough credit sometimes because I put myself under so much stress already. I don’t care what anyone says on the outside. That’s their opinion. When you’re in that situation yourself, you know how to win games of cricket. I’ve done that over a long period of time. It’s not like when I play I don’t win games for my team. It’s playing the situation that I take pride in,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation.

“I’ve never been a guy who plays so many fancy shots — was having a chat with Aiden as well. We have to play 12 months of the year. For me it’s not about playing fancy shots and throwing my wicket away. We’ve got Test cricket (coming up) after the IPL, have to stay true to my technique. When I can make an impact in an important game, it gives me confidence, it gives the team confidence,” he added.

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