The 33-year-old former Indian skipper suffered a prolonged battering break for Indian Premier League’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and fell for his third golden duck of the season on Sunday.
Commentators have said the normally prolific batsman is looking “overcooked” and needs a break, but in a mostly light-hearted video posted to Bangalore’s website, Kohli said he’s learned to drown out those who criticize him.
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“They can’t be in my shoes, they can’t feel what I’m feeling, they can’t live my life, they can’t live these moments,” Kohli said of analysts trying to write him off.
“How do you turn off the noise? You either mute the TV, or you don’t listen, or you don’t pay attention to what people are saying. I do both.”
After his last golden duck when he sent the game’s opening delivery to Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson, Kohli walked away with a lopsided smile.
The video’s host joked that Kohli has two ducks, a reference to how the hitter got to the first balls twice in a row earlier this season.
“It’s never happened to me in my career, I don’t think. I’ve seen everything now. It’s been so long, I’ve seen everything in this game,” said Kohli with a grin.
Kohli has now gone a century without scoring in more than 100 games in all formats.
He has managed just 216 runs from 12 games in the IPL this season while scoring half a century.
Still hoping to win a first IPL trophy with Bangalore, the team he captained between 2013 and 2021, Kohli spoke fondly of great South African and former IPL teammate AB de Villiers.
“I miss him a lot. I talk to him regularly, quite regularly,” said Kohli.
“He’s texting me all the time… we keep in touch, he’s obviously watching RCB very closely and hopefully will be here in some capacity next year.”
South African Faf du Plessis took over as Bangalore captain this season and they are currently fourth in the 10-team Twenty20 tournament and in contention for a place in the playoffs.
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