Did you know that Virat Kohli once aspired to be an All-rounder? Yes indeed the former Indian skipper who is highly regarded as one of the best Batsmen of all times, used to bowl couple overs as a medium pacer in domestic cricket in the early days of his career and in fact he used to bowl some overs in the Indian Premier League as well. However, a particular incident from IPL 2012 changed everything.
In IPL 2012, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore were squaring off against each other in the MA Chidambaram stadium of Chepauk, Chennai. Royal Challengers Bangalore opted to bat first after winning the toss and they were off to a brilliant start. Mayank Agarwal’s 45 off 26, Chris Gayle’s 68 off 35 and Virat Kohli’s 57 off 46 took RCB to a great first innings total of 205 runs.
In fact, RCB was even able to defend the total pretty well. Murali Vijay’s early dismissal gave them a fabulous start but Faf du Plessis’ 71 off 46 and MS Dhoni’s 41 off 24 made sure that they remained in the contest.
In the final two overs CSK needed 43 runs to win and everyone though that RCB are surely winning it from here. So captain Daniel Vettori sent Virat Kohli to bowl the 19th over. And that was where everything changed. CSK’s South African all-rounder Albie Morkel scored 28 runs in that over against Virat Kohli and completely demolished him. As a result, they just needed 15 runs in the final over.
Vinay Kumar came in to bowl the final over and he conceded 15 runs and thus CSK won the match in an unexpected turn of events.
It was a catastrophic day for Virat Kohli and after that he rarely ever bowled in the IPL.