IPL 2024: Kohli's tips helped, admits centurion Jacks

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 29, 2024 IST

Virat Kohli with Will Jacks

New Delhi, April 29: He was all over the place during their fielding. He even tried hard but could not get hold of two difficult catches. The bowlers were bit upset with him too.  But when he walked into bat at No 3, he proved why he is treated with respect as a batter by different oppositions.

Will Jacks had a day to remember against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad on Sunday. His 41-ball 100 earned him the Player of the Match award, which was his first in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

But later, Jacks revealed that  it was his Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) teammate Virat Kohli, who passed on some useful tips against spinners, which helped him flourish.

After guiding RCB  to the fastest successful chase of a 200-plus target, Will Jacks revealed that his senior partner Kohli helped him through the initial phase of his innings, providing tips on tackling spin.

Jacks' explosive innings of 100 not out off just 41 balls helped RCB thrash Gujarat Titans by nine wickets with 24 balls to spare at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He also shared an unbeaten 166-run partnership with Kohli to help RCB stay alive in the race to the playoffs.

"Virat kind of helped me through my first 15 balls where I was struggling and he showed good intent which is what we had spoken about. That was really good from him and he was keeping us ahead," Jacks told RCB teammate Cameron Green on the IPL website.

"He was giving me tips on playing spin. He said he was reading Rashid well and could take him down which helped me. He has got so much experience, he is amazing to bat with, I learnt so much out there and pretty lucky to have that kind of partnership with him."

"I was feeling a bit nervous but it was nice to get one away and the confidence just instantly comes back and from there we were trying to get ahead of the game. And the last two overs it was just about having fun. Virat was like, ‘just keep going, don’t stop.’ I never thought about the hundred, but then I looked up, seven to win, I am on 88, you never know. Crazy innings to go from not being able to hit the ball to feeling like I could hit anything,” Jacks said.

After losing the six games in a row RCB managed to get back on track with consecutive victories in the last two games. The 25-year-old feels RCB have now built some serious momentum following back-to-back wins.

"We had lost by 1 run and now we have won two in a row. We have been building momentum. We have still got a chance. We have shown what we can do. We win all four, we get on a roll, you never know, and those can be how you win the tournament. You just sneak into fourth place there in great form and then you never know," Jacks added.

Jacks smashed six sixes and two fours off the last ten deliveries he faced, surging to a 41-ball hundred that delighted his partner Kohli at the other end. "You got your next 50 in 10 balls, 31 (ball) 50, 41 (ball) 100. Second half was your day at the golf course. I was pissed off I didn’t smash the first one (in the 16th over) for six but when I saw you were on 94 and with one to win I was like, ‘thank god I didn’t smash it," Kohli, who cracked 70 off 44, told Jacks in the dressing room.

"He (Jacks) called for two and when he looked back I was ready for three, and he decided I am going to hit every ball for six now because I am not running anymore. That was the secret. Brilliant!” Kohli joked, to which Jacks responded, “It was too hot!"

Glenn Maxwell, who remained padded up awaiting his turn amid the Jacks-Kohli show, was impressed by the hitting prowess on display. "It is the happiest I have been in a long time. It is the most excited I have been watching cricket in a long time. And it is the happiest I have been for a teammate in a long time, knowing that he is a big chunky boy in the heat of the day, fielding first, hit the best spinner in the world for a bunch of sixes together, that’s amazing, 100 off 41, and what did they end up getting, 166 off 74, pretty damn good," Maxwell said.

The match-winning partnership also brought a smile to birthday boy and head coach Andy Flower. "Thanks a lot for the present, guys. What a birthday gift. And what a pleasure as a cricketer, as an ex-cricketer actually, to see the power from Jacks and the absolute class from Virat," coach Flower said.

RCB have been languishing at the bottom of the Points Table, can they lift themselves up and surprise others, is something all their fans wants to see. 

But for the time being Kohli guiding Jacks in the middle and the youngster shining with the willow, is a much needed relief for the Bengaluru franchise. However, fans and supporters definitely may expect more of such acts. (With IANS support)

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  • Virat Kohli
  • Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • Gujarat Titans (GT)
  • IPL 2024
  • Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)
  • Will Jacks

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