‘Those big brands want to maintain their status by winning’: Ex-England captain compares Virat Kohli with RonaldoViat Kohli, the star batsman, has regained his run-scoring form in the present IPL season, reaching his maiden half-century, although in a losing cause. Kohli struck 58 off 53 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore reach 170 for six against Gujarat Titans after a succession of low scores, including two golden ducks. However, the IPL newcomers surpassed the score as David Miller (39) and Rahul Tewatia (43) put up an unbroken 79-run partnership at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.Kohli’s performance drew mixed reviews. Some praised the 33-year-old hitter for his run production, but others questioned his strike rate. And it’s understandable, given that Kohli’s fifty wasn’t enough to propel his team to victory. Kohli hit 14 runs in the first ten balls of the game, including three boundaries, all against Mohammed Shami. He hit 31 runs in the following 30 balls, including three boundaries and a six. In 45 balls, he finally achieved his fifty.Kohli would be “furious” that his runs did not help his team win the game, according to former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen compared the Indian to football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, emphasizing how similar their brands are.

“What he needs to do is to have a look at Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo. Two similar brands in their different teams and in their sports. You have Virat Kohli right at the top of cricket, his brand is right at the top of cricket. Cristiano Ronaldo is right at the top of football. One plays for Manchester United, and one plays for RCB and India. Those are big brands and they are going to be talking points. Those big brands also want to maintain their status in the game by winning,” Pietersen said on Star Sports.