Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the two main pillars of the Indian cricket team. Their impact is so great that the senior batters are almost guaranteed a place in Team India in any form. However, they are not in good contact in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. While Kohli has scored 236 runs in 13 matches with an average of 19.67 and a strike rate of 113.46 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Mumbai captain is Indians Sharma managed just 218 runs in 12 games at an average of 18.17 with a strike rate of 125.29.
This is one of their leanest IPL seasons for both of them. While former Indian captain Kohli has only scored half a century, current skipper Sharma has yet to go past 50 this season. Their off-form in the T20 format is not a good sign for the T20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia in six months. Former Indian cricket team captain and BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has now spoken out about the two seniors’ lack of runs in the 2022 IPL.
“I’m not at all worried about the form of Rohit or Virat. They are too good… real big players. The World Cup is a long way off and I am confident that they will be in top form a lot for the tournament.” Ganguly told Mid-day in an interview.
In RCB’s previous game, after Punjab Kings racked up a massive 210 goal, all eyes were on Virat Kohli to finally make his statement, but the batter was fired after scoring 20, and the team eventually stumbled to a point of 54. loss. In the second over of the chase, Kohli had played his signature cover drive from Arshdeep Singh’s bowling alley and it looked like the batter was in the groove. However, he died in the fourth over bowled by Kagiso Rabada. After the discharge, Kohli looked at the sky and said something.
After the match Mike Hesson, RCB Cricket Director, said Kohli is as frustrated as anyone else but is working very hard in the nets.
“We always talk to all our players. I thought Virat looked good today, he was aggressive and he does everything outside the park to prepare well. I thought today would be his day, but again it hit the other side of his thigh. He hasn’t had any luck especially when he gets himself ready, he’s frustrated like everyone else, thought today would be his day,” Hesson said at a virtual press conference.
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