Virat Kohli struggles in Indian Premier League | Cricket News

Three golden ducks, three single digit scores and only one score over 50.
If Virat Kohli’s name weren’t linked to this string of batting results in the richest cricket league, selectors might already have lost patience.
But Kohli has runs on the board in so many other ways.
With more than 10,000 runs in limited over formats, he is India’s most successful batter and he brings a lot of experience to the table.

Virat Kohli. (BCCI/IPL/PTI photo)
Kohli gave up the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of this Indian Premier League season and vowed to serve the franchise as a player.
Most cricket pundits thought relieving Bangalore – who have never won the title in the lucrative Twenty20 League – would get the best of Kohli.
But it didn’t click. His streak was 216 from 12 games when he picked up his third golden duck against Sunrisers Hyderabad over the weekend.
The slick cover drives that Kohli is famous for seem like a hit he forgot to pull off with this utmost precision. Just 20 margins in 12 games is a testament to the master batter’s struggles against the bowlers.


Virat Kohli. (BCCI/IPL/PTI photo)
Kohli even tried his luck getting back in shape by opening for Bangalore after a fruitless run at number 3. His first two golden ducks – against Lucknow Super Giants and Sunrisers Hyderabad – came in 3rd place while taking on the Tempo Bowlers.
He upped the ante, advanced to open the innings and announced his only half-century of that tournament against the Gujarat Titans. A 58-run knockoff from 53 balls at a strike rate of 109.43 wasn’t enough to save his team from a six-wicket loss. He batted to the 17th over before Mohammed Shami fired him with a yorker.
After Kohli’s first first-ball duck of the tournament, former India head coach Ravi Shastri suggested the former national team skipper take a break from competitive cricket.
“I’m going straight to the captain here. Virat Kohli is overcooked. If anyone needs a break, it’s him,” Shastri told tournament broadcasters. “Whether it’s two months or a month and a half, whether after (the) England (July tour) or before England, he needs a break because he’s got six to seven years of cricket left in him and you don’t want to lose that with a fried brain .”
Since then, Kohli has added two more golden ducks.


Virat Kohli. (BCCI/IPL photo)
Commentator and high-profile former England batter Kevin Pietersen said Kohli needed to say ‘I’ll see you later’ to cricket and take his attention off social media to regain his strength.
“When the stadiums are full again, they guarantee him a place in this team for the next 12, 24 or 36 months,” said Pietersen. “Tell him, ‘You’re our type. We know you will deliver for us.’”
He acknowledged that it would be hard for Kohli if he was “fully fried.”
Kohli’s RCB franchise could still make the playoffs and stay in the top four on 14 points with two league games to go.
In his long career, 33-year-old Kohli has often shown that he can turn things around quickly. His millions of fans keep hoping that change for Bangalore is coming soon.

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