Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli had high hopes for him as he walked away to open the batter alongside skipper Faf du Plessis in Qualifier 2 against Rajasthan Royals of the ongoing IPL 2022 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In the opening bowled over by Trent Boult, Kohli knocked the ball off his pads for a six over deep-square leg and it looked like the batter was in the zone. However, in the next over, the 33-year-old was fired by Prasidh Krishna after scoring just 7 runs. The dismissal was a disturbing sign as RCB’s batter chased a short and wide pitch to hand a simple flyout to wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.
Former Indian players Virender Sehwag and Parthiv Patel discussed in detail the dismissal and Kohli’s performance in general this season.
Sehwag went on to say that Kohli has probably made more mistakes in this season of IPL than in his entire career.
“When you’re not in shape, you try to get every ball in the middle to gain confidence. In the first over he did let go of some throws, but this is exactly what happens when you’re not in shape, you go chasing to sit.” “Sometimes luck is more favorable to you, the ball doesn’t hit the edge of your bat. But it didn’t happen this way. This is not the Virat Kohli we know; this might be another Virat Kohli this season,” Sehwag said during Cricbuzz’s show halfway through the inning.
“The number of mistakes he’s made this season, he probably hasn’t made that many in his entire career. If you don’t score points, you try to do different things and then you get fired in different ways. This time, Virat Kohli is sacked in every way. He could have let that ball go or he could have gone hard for it. He disappointed his fans and RCB fans, it was such a big game,” he added.
Parthiv emphasized how Kohli doesn’t play the cut short, and it was probably just a case of the batter’s over-concern for not having any runs behind him.
“You’re overprotective when you don’t have many runs. The problem is Kohli doesn’t play the cutshot,” said Parthiv.
Kohli registered 341 runs in 16 matches this IPL with an average of 22.73. RCB retired from the ongoing tournament after losing seven wicket to Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2.
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