‘It was Virat Kohli’s chance to win,’ recalls Shane Watson of his disastrous final over in the 2016 IPL final. RCB has made three final appearances so far, the most recent being in the 2016 season.
Despite a recent slump, Virat Kohli remembered as one of the best batters to have played in the Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli has amassed a plethora of runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore over the years. Propelling his team to numerous memorable victories. Unfortunately for the 33-year-old, the IPL title remains elusive for RCB. Notably, the Bengaluru-based club has appeared in three finals, the most recent being in the 2016 season.
Kohli was sensational during that season, amassing 973 runs in the tournament with four centuries. Chasing 209 in the final match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, RCB came agonizingly close to crossing the line with half-centuries from Kohli and Chris Gayle. However, the Orange Army eventually won by an eight-run margin.
The game’s turning point was RCB’s final over, bowled by Shane Watson, in which SRH scored 24 runs. Watson, sensational with the ball throughout the season, struggled in the final, conceding 61 runs in his four overs without taking a wicket. Watson admit he shattered after his performance in the summit clash.
I was shattered after bowling that one over: Shane Watson
“I absolutely shattered after playing in the 2016 final with RCB.” Because I know how important it was for RCB to win that final. It was at Chinnaswamy’s house. “RCB had played so well all year, especially at the tail end of that tournament,” Watson said on the Delhi Capitals podcast.
“Virat, in particular, was ablaze.” As captain, it was his chance, as one of the greatest players, to win the elusive IPL title. And bowling that one over completely destroyed me. “It just got it wrong, and I felt like it was the end of the world,” added the former Australian all-rounder. Meanwhile, Watson made amends a few years later while playing for the Chennai Super Kings. In the finals, he hit a match-winning century against SRH to help the Yellow Army win their third title.