Skipper Royal Challengers Bangalore Faf du Plessis is confident Virat Kohli will overcome his recession in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Kohli raised his Indian score in the Premier League this season to just 128 runs from nine games after scoring nine awful games in the win against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday after two golden ducks.
Moved to open the batting, Kohli was inches from failing to score for the third game in a row with a shot that was just scarce on a field player.
The former India captain remained relentless and only lasted 10 balls before the edge of a Krishna Prasidh shot attempt was put on his helmet to give birth at the cover point.
“Great players go through things like this and great characters have to find a way to get through,” Du Plessis said when his team dropped 29 runs near the modest goal of 145.
“Our idea was to bring him into the game immediately so he wouldn’t sit on the sidelines and think too much about the game.
“He’s a great cricketer, so we still support him to turn around and it’s just a good start.”
Kohli, one of the best bats in the modern era, failed to score a score for the club or country for over two years and went with the first ball in his previous two IPL innings.
He was the flagship for Indian cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which collected 973 runs in the 2016 edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
“He is a great player and has seen many ups and downs in his career,” Bangalore coach Sanjay Bangar told reporters.
“I saw him close and he’s a fighter. So he will come out of this run of low scores in the last three games and we will have the victory soon. ”
Bangar, who has worked as India’s batting coach with Kohli, said he has “the art of getting out of difficult situations”.
“His mental capacity is so great that he will do well in the upcoming games.”
The game also saw England’s Jos Buttler, the top scorer of the IP22 2022 with 499 runs and three sparkling decades, making just eight, the lowest score of the season.
Former India coach Ravi Shastri has asked Kohli to take a break and come back under a renewal.
“He played non-stop cricket, he captained the team in various formats. It would be wise for him to take a break, ”Shastri said on an internet chat show.
Former Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori said he still believed Kohli could play a key role for the team, which is searching for their first IPL title.
“If RCB can go through the semifinals (the replay games) there’s no reason why it can’t be the person who brings them to the title,” Vettori told ESPNcricinfo.
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