The former all format captain of the Indian cricket team has not been in the best of form in the last year or so across formats. He was coming into the IPL at the back of a terrible form and he was given the tougher role of #3, which to be fair, he has aced it over the years. But since the requirements of the game has changed and the fact that Virat Kohli himself has lost his touch, it has turned into a nightmare of a tournament so far for him.
In general, the opener’s job is to exploit the powerplay well and good as much as they can due to the field restrictions. But it hasn’t been the case in this IPL, the openers need to play out the first 3 overs of the powerplay where the ball has been swinging and seaming making it a torrid time for the batsmen. Virat Kohli was promoted to open in the last game after RCB decided to drop Anuj Rawat, whom they backed for 8 games. Virat Kohli is better suited to open the innings, although he was literally playing as an opener in the previous games due to poor opening stands.
Virat Kohli made sure that he was punishing bad balls from the GT’s new ball bowlers but he slowed down terribly in the middle overs. He scored 27 runs off 21 balls inside powerplay and scored 32 runs off 31 balls post powerplay till he was bowled by Mohammed Shami in the 17th over of the game. In the process, Virat Kohli became the batsmen with slowest fifty in this season of IPL.
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