Virat Kohli can consider taking a break, freshening his mind and working on a few things, ex-Australian speed driver Brett Lee feels, after a year of struggling to look beyond the Indian when it comes to the best racket of recent years.
Kohli’s mediocre IPL-15 campaign ended after the Royal Challengers Bangalore were defeated by seven wickets to Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifying match in Ahmedabad on Friday.
“Should I say it’s a concern, I do. I would like Kohli to score more goals of course,” Lee told PTI on Saturday when asked about Kohli’s long haul.
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Kohli, who has not scored an international 100 in nearly three years, is battling the worst dip of his career, having managed 341 times in 16 IPL matches for an under-average average of 22.73. In the ongoing IPL, RCB rounds open in most games.
In the second qualifying, Kohli chased a soaring fast delivery from pacer Prasidh Krishna, who was off the trunk, to give a slight chance to Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson behind the logs.
“The hardest thing is when Virat Kohli does not score, in general the team is not doing well. When we see that Kohli had this purple patch, when he got 800-900 rounds that season (IPL 2016), his team was (Royal Challengers Bangalore) Alright, we want more from Kohli.
“A strong Kohli is a strong team. Unfortunately he missed the semi-finals. He couldn’t get his team to cross his racket line, and got under 10 runs.
“Maybe (it is) a chance for Kohli to come back and try to work on some things and maybe get some rest from cricket. Just walk away and freshen your mind,” added Lee, who is a brand ambassador for Sportsbet.io.
Around this time last year, Lee Kohli and Australia tailor named Pat Cummins as the world’s best batsman and bowler.
“When you look at the new greats, it’s hard to get past Virat Kohli,” Lee told me when asked who was the best player on the Test in an ICC interview.
Impressed by the talent of fast bowling in India
The Indian Premier League has seen the emergence of young players like Avish Khan, Mohsen Khan, Kamran Malik, Mukesh Chaudhry, Arshdeep Singh and 45-year-old Lee, who owns 310 wickets, who thought this could come in handy when the country is playing in the T20 World Cup. in Australia.
“The two boys of Khan (Mohsin and Avish) have real talent. The only thing Indian cricket produces is a great catalog of fast paced cricketers. Love it.
“They have good sloping options as well, but for sure if you’re looking forward to the T20 World Cup in Australia, you want guys who can run fast on fast bouncy wickets,” he told me.
Speed of feeling Imran Malik should play a longer formula
He was the owner of one of the IPL’s biggest finds, who consistently threw over 150 kilometers per hour and finished with 22 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“Look, he was great, what Imran Malek brings is pure speed. I wish him well and I hope he gets a chance to play the longer form of the game as well,” he told me.
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