Former Indian captain and considered a vital part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Virat Kohli’s poor form is one of the big talking point of IPL 2022.
After failing to display his old self for Team India, Kohli seems to be struggling to score runs for RCB as well. On 19 April 2022, in the 31st match of the season, RCB faced off Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), where LSG captain KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Proving captain Rahul’s decision to be correct, the LSG bowlers took three important wickets of Bangalore in the powerplay itself, including of Virat Kohli.
RCB, still managed to set a target of 182 runs for Lucknow thanks to their captain Faf du Plessis’s brilliant innings of 96 runs off 64 balls and Shabaz Ahmed’s 26 runs. And that proved quite the vital as they won the match by 18 runs.
But the most talked about was Kohli’s poor form and his wicket in the match. Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck by Sri Lankan bowler Dushmantha Chamira. This is after a massive gap of 5 years that Kohli has been dismissed for golden duck in any IPL match.
It is no secret to everyone that Kohli has been constantly struggling with the bat for the last few years.
In the seven matches played by RCB in IPL 2022, Kohli has been able to score only 119 runs. In this, 48 runs against Mumbai Indians has been his highest score of the season.
Currently, RCB are at the second position of the points table with 5 wins out of 7 matches this season. But Kohli’s poor form remains a matter of concern for the team. Talking on Star Sports about Kohli’s form, great England batsman and commentator in IPL, Kevin Pietersen has given his reaction.
Pietersen feels that Virat Kohli needs to take a break from cricket for few months and then return to the Indian team. He said that he had to cope with lots of things in the past couple of months and remarked him as the show’s biggest star and suggested him to take some months off.
He’s the show’s biggest star, Virat Kohli needs to say, ‘cricket boots, I’ll see you later,’ for the next six months. Turn off social media and go get some fresh air” added Kevin Pietersen.