In his previous three appearances, Virat Kohli has been bowled for a first-ball duck thrice, is averaging only 16, and has only managed to score 128 runs in nine matches. In terms of numbers, he’s having a nightmare IPL 2022. While he still has issues with deliveries that run away, the former India and RCB skipper appears to have discovered a new weakness against hard-length deliveries. Kohli has been removed twice for attempting a pull shot and twice for deflecting away from his body to balls that were just short of a decent length and rising.

The voices recommending Kohli take a vacation from cricket, notably former India head coach Ravi Shastri, are gathering traction. ESPNCricinfo is now asking on Twitter, “What advise would you give to Virat Kohli right now?” Fans had mixed reactions, but Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Riyan Parag’s remark stole the show.

Parag, who was named Player of the Match on Tuesday for his undefeated half-century against RCB, sent out a surprising tweet that read: “None of us should, let the 🐐 do his thing.”

On Tuesday, Kohli and RCB captain Faf du Plessis came out to begin the batting. On the third pitch, he was almost caught, but the ball bounced just inches away from the square leg fielder. The following Trent Boult delivery was flicked for a boundary, and he almost chopped it back onto his stumps twice in the over’s final two deliveries. He was dismissed for 9 in the following over by Prasidh Krishna after receiving a bottom edge while trying to play a pull shot. Kohli, on the other hand, received support from his captain, who described him as a “fantastic player.”

“Great players go through these things. Great players go through phases like this. We wanted him to get in straightaway so that he doesn’t sit on the sidelines and think about the game. He is a great player and we still back him to turn it around and hopefully it’s around the corner. It’s a game of confidence,” du Plessis said after RCB lost the match by 29 runs.

Source: Hindustan Times