IPL 2022: A Virat Kohli ‘epic is around the corner’, says RCB’s Mike Hesson
IPL 2022: Virat Kohli’s run drought in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not due to a technical issue and a huge knock from the star batsman is on the way, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Mike Hesson said.
Despite playing with newfound freedom since relinquishing Bangalore captaincy last year, Kohli has only hit one fifty in 13 innings this season and has three ducks.
On Friday, he failed to capitalise on another strong start and was dismissed for 20, but the 33-year-old still appeared to have the team’s support.
“It is not a technical thing,” Hesson said after Bangalore lost the match by 54 runs.
“He looked in really good touch today. He was unfortunate. I thought we were going to see something special. Virat is as frustrated as anyone but we know that the epic one is around the corner. We have got a huge game coming up. So there is no reason why it won’t be in a few days’ time.”
On Thursday, Bangalore, who are presently fourth in the points table, will play Gujarat Titans, who are currently first.
In what could be a must-win match for a Bangalore club chasing their first IPL crown, Hesson expected Kohli to deliver.
“He looked in good touch, he was aggressive, and he is doing everything off the park as well in terms of making sure he prepares well. I thought today was going to be his day but once again…” former New Zealand coach Hesson said.
Kohli is hopeful of rediscovering his form, according to Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis.
“Sometimes when you are under pressure, the game finds ways to keep you under pressure,” du Plessis said.
“Tough patches are difficult for all of us but he is in good spirits. He also believes it is around the corner.”
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