‘Don’t mess around with the pop. When there’s class, respect class’: Shastri’s savage response to Kohli masterclass

Virat Kohli rediscovered his lost rhythm with a game-defining 73 in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s last league game of the season against Gujarat Titans on Thursday. Despite playing with more freedom after relinquishing Bangalore leadership last year, the 33-year-old batsman managed just one fifty in 13 innings this season and collected three ducks. Kohli, on the other hand, looked like his old self at the Wankhede Stadium in only a few deliveries.

Kohli, who was at his most energetic during his sparkling fifty against the Titans, played with zeal to help his team to an eight-wicket victory. With three golden ducks in the IPL, the top hitter has had a disastrous season. In 54 pitches, he hit four fours and two sixes to produce when it was needed most.

In a must-win match, he and captain Faf du Plessis shared a 115-run opening stand. In the last over, Glenn Maxwell contributed an undefeated 18-ball 40 to secure the victory. Bangalore remained in the playoff race thanks to the victory, but they are dependent on the Delhi Capitals losing against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Meanwhile, fans and analysts praised Kohli for his performance against the table-toppers, praising him for being on his own. Ravi Shastri, who worked closely with Kohli as India’s head coach, said the flashy batter made a strong message in the face of the criticism.

“The pop is in the house, and he’s told the world about it, and he’ll be there in the playoffs if they qualify, and if there’s an issue with the Delhi Capitals. It’s a warning to the world, not just to the critics: don’t tamper with the pop. Respect class when there is one, and it will educate all the children how to play “ESPNCricinfo spoke with Shastri. Many former players, including Shastri, have suggested Kohli take a vacation from cricket because of his poor form. The batting legend responded to the reports and discussed his connection with Shastri.