“It is better to play with him than against him” – Former CSK batsman Faf du Plessis rates playing with Virat Kohli higher than playing with anyone else

Faf du Plessis, the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), expressed his admiration for Virat Kohli, emphasizing that playing alongside him is a far more rewarding experience than competing against him.


Du Plessis, a former international cricketer from South Africa, commended the Indian batting legend for his unwavering passion for the game, noting that Kohli consistently gives his utmost effort on the field, a quality that garners great admiration from him.

During their partnership in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, both players have delivered numerous match-winning performances and established themselves as dependable batsmen within the RCB team.


Du Plessis himself has amassed an impressive total of 631 runs in 12 matches, placing him at the top of the Orange Cap race for the IPL 2023. Meanwhile, Kohli has scored 438 runs in the same number of matches, securing the sixth position on the Orange Cap list.

Du Plessis praised Kohli’s immense passion, acknowledging that he has always admired playing against him. He marveled at Kohli’s unwavering enthusiasm, evident in his intense reactions for every wicket, regardless of the player’s batting position.

Du Plessis found himself in awe of Kohli’s enduring passion for the game of cricket. Now, having the opportunity to be on the same team as Kohli, du Plessis confidently states that playing alongside him surpasses the experience of playing against him.


“I was in awe of the amount of passion that he has, playing the game of cricket. Now being on the same team as him, I can tell you that playing with him is better than playing against him,” Faf du Plessis was quoted as saying.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s upcoming schedule includes matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 18 and Gujarat Titans on May 21. Winning both of these matches would give the team a chance to qualify for the IPL playoffs once again. As three-time finalists, Bangalore will aim to secure victories in these crucial encounters to advance further in the tournament.

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