Royal Challengers Bangalore batter Virat Kohli is currently going through a lean spell with the bat as he has managed to score just 119 runs in eight games. Kohli’s last international ton came against Bangladesh in 2019 and the three-digit mark has eluded the former skipper ever since. Recently, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri suggested that Virat should take a break because he looks “overcooked”. Now Delhi Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson has also said there is something different about the India batter, but he supported Kohli to get back into shape soon.
“In the last match, where Delhi Capitals played against them, there was something completely different with Virat. Because I’ve seen him before, I played against him and with him at RCB for a few years. It seemed like his energy was a bit different, kinda off. The thing with Virat is he’s always so excited every time he hits, every time he’s in the field It’s superhuman what he’s been able to do so far and for such a He’s a freak of nature with the intensity he can sustain in his playing,” Watson said on The Grade Cricketer’s Podcast.
“And the other night, it was just that night that I felt his battery was only a little bit drained. In the end, he’s human, even if everything he’s done is just about superhuman, especially with the intensity he’s been able to to go to every game, but at some point and I wouldn’t be surprised if in and around the Indian stuff or if he steps down as captain, that’s going to suck a lot of energy out of him because I know how much it meant to him.” he continued.
Kohli had first stepped down as India’s T20I skipper and then Rohit Sharma became the ODI captain as chief selector Chetan Sharma explained in a press conference how the selectors wanted one captain for the white-ball formats.
After losing the Test series to South Africa, Kohli then also relinquished the captain’s armband in the game’s longest form.
“Whatever happened there, it would have been a big call for him to step down as captain for India. So at some point it’s going to take a bit of its toll. The energy is a little bit gone, but if he in a battle, he’ll find that energy right away because that’s the type of batsman he is and the type of person he is. He’s always up for a fight. He’ll find that switch, he’ll find it,” Watson said .
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