Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have experienced an awful run so far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 2016 finalists have lost all of their four games this season and are languishing at the last position on the points table. Along with his side, skipper Virat Kohli has also failed to contribute with significant match-winning knocks. The RCB captain has managed to score only 78 runs from four games at a dismal average of 19.50. To add on, his strike-rate so far in the season has been less than 100.
Indian captain Virat Kohli will definitely play a pivotal role in respect to the Men in Blue’s chances of winning the upcoming World Cup title, scheduled to commence on May 30 in England and Wales. More importantly, his hunger to score runs consistently for his side has been the major reason for Team India’s rise in international cricket across the three formats in the recent years. Kohli has so far played 77 Tests and 222 ODIs, amassing a remarkable tally of 6,613 and 10,533 runs respectively.
It is not the first time
During a recent interview with India Today, former Indian legendary batsman and the current SRH mentor, VVS Laxman revealed that Virat is surely vulnerable against spin bowling. Laxman mentioned that Kohli has been dismissed many times by the spinners. He reckoned that the RCB captain has fallen victim to leg-spinners’ googlies quite a few times. The former Indian cricketer also cited the example of the instances when the likes of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Adam Zampa and Mayank Markande dismissed Virat.
“Well, I think there are some chinks because it is not the first time they’ve (spinners) got him, especially with the googlies. I remember last year too Mujeeb, Zampa and Markande got Virat out. In fact, Shreyas got his wicket before as well. I am sure that is something which Virat will be mindful of. Any pattern that Virat gets out in, he works quite hard on it,” Laxman was quoted as saying by India Today.
Laxman also mentioned that Virat is quite a focused a cricketer who thrives to excel in the game. “The biggest example of that is the England series. He had a miserable series there in 2013 but the way he bounced back, scoring close to 600 runs on last tour, shows what kind of player he is. He is a special player and I am sure he will work this out as well,” the SRH mentor added.