RCB vs KKR in IPL 2021: Virat Kohli’s batting woes continues, out for just 5 runs this time

RCB vs KKR in IPL 2021: Virat Kohli's batting woes continues, out for just 5 runs this time
RCB vs KKR in IPL 2021: Virat Kohli's batting woes continues, out for just 5 runs this time

RCB vs KKR in IPL 2021 – Virat Kohli’s batting woes continues: Royal Challengers Banglaore & Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s search for big knock is getting longer. Kohli on Sunday went back to pavilion for just 5 runs – his 3rd failure in as many matches for RCB as an opener.

After 33 vs Mumbai Indians & 33 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kohli this time got out to Varun Chakravtary in the very second over of the match.

Such has been frustrating times for Kohli that in the last match he was seen hitting the chair with his bat while going back to pavilion. He was also later fined by IPL GC 12 Lacs for his angry gesture

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Kohli is going through a rough patch in his career. In nearly two years, the Indian skipper has not reached the triple-figure. While he has managed to cross the half-century mark on four occasions in white-ball cricket, post-lockdown, the right-handed batsman has reached the 90-mark just once in IPL 2020.

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Kohli’s last century in ODI came on August 14, 2020, when he made 114 not out against West Indies in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

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The 32-year-old right-handed batsman, who is six short of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI world record of 49 centuries, has been on 43 centuries since August 14, 2019. It means that he has gone over one-and-a-half years without an ODI ton.

Although he has come close to scoring a hundred on a couple of times, 72 vs RR and 90 vs CSK last year, a century still remains elusive. In 17 IPL games, he has scored three half-centuries.

However, former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta believes as long as Kohli is scoring, it’s all good.

“I don’t think so. Somebody who has scored 43 hundred in this format I don’t think he will be worried too much getting a few more. I thought the last game (vs England) he looked like I thought he was going to get one,” Deep Dasgupta told India Today during India vs England series

The way he was batting, he totally dominated the bowling. Unfortunately, he picked out a fielder. And that was his favourite shot, whipping on his pads that’s his favourite shot. It’s just a matter of time, I won’t be too worried. As long as he is batting well, you know it’s around the corner. I won’t be surprised in the next couple of games he gets a hundred,” he added.

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Kohli is the third-highest paid player in IPL. According to InsideSport Money ball, his total earnings ever since the inception of the league INR 1,432,000,000. His current salary as RCB skipper is INR 17 crore.

Moreover, he is the highest run-getter in IPL history. In 187 innings, the right-hander has amassed 5949 runs and is just 51 runs short to reach the 6k mark.

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