Virat Kohli may consider taking a break, clearing his mind and working on a few things, says former Australian speedster Brett Lee, a year after struggling to see beyond the Indian when it comes to becoming the best hitter of the day. went on in recent years. Kohli’s mediocre campaign in the IPL-15 came to an end after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s seven-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier in Ahmedabad on Friday. “If I said it’s a concern, I do. I would of course want him (Kohli) to score more points,” Lee told PTI on Saturday when asked about Kohli’s long-term skinny patch.
Kohli, who hasn’t scored an international 100 in nearly three years, is battling the worst slump of his career, with 341 runs in 16 IPL games at an under-performing average of 22.73. In the ongoing IPL, he opened the RCB-innings in most games.
In the second qualifier, Kohli chased a quick, rising throw from pacer Prasidh Krishna, who was wide outside the stump, to give an easy catch to Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson behind the stumps.
“The hardest thing is when Virat Kohli doesn’t score points, generally the team doesn’t do well. When we see Kohli had that purple patch, when he got 800-900 runs in that season (IPL 2016), his team (Royal Challengers Bangalore) did quite well, we want more from Kohli.
“A strong Kohli is a strong team. Unfortunately, he missed the semi-finals; he couldn’t get his team across the line from his own bat, by less than 10 runs.
“Maybe it’s a chance for Kohli to go back and work on a few things and maybe get some rest from cricket. Just get out and refresh the mind,” added Lee, Sportsbet.io’s brand ambassador ‘.
About this time last year, Lee Kohli and Australian had selected Pat Cummins as the best batsman and bowler in the world.
“When you look at the recent greats, it’s hard to see past Virat Kohli,” Lee said in an interview with ICC when asked who his favorite test batter is.
Impressed with fast bowling talent in India
This Indian Premier League has seen the emergence of young pacesetters such as Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Kamran Malik, Mukesh Choudhary, Arshdeep Singh and 45-year-old Lee, who has 310 Test wickets, believed this could come in handy when the country plays in the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“The two Khan boys (Mohsin and Avesh) have real talent. All that Indian cricket produces is a nice catalog of fast bowlers. I like that.
“They have good spin options too, but especially when you’re looking forward to the T20 World Cup in Australia you want guys who can bowl fast on the fast, bouncy wickets,” said Lee.
Tempo sensation Umran Malik has to play format longer
One of the biggest finds of the IPL is Malik, who consistently bowled over 150kph, finishing with 22 wickets for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“Look, he’s been fantastic, what Umran Malik delivers is pure pace. I wish him the best and I hope he gets the chance to play the longer format of the game too,” said Lee.
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