There are few better scenes in cricket than watching Virat Kohli’s free flow. Star Royal Challengers Bangalore batter found his lost mojo by scoring 73 off 54 balls against the Gujarat Titans on Thursday. Kohli, who had a modest IPL season with three ducks in the 10-team tournament, scored his second half century and crossed the 7,000-run mark for the franchise. Full coverage of IPL 2022
When he needed 169 to win his final league match, Kohli reduced Bengaluru’s chase at Wankhede Stadium, returned to form and hit eight fours and two sixes in his knock. The 2016 IPL runner-up comfortably won the game by eight wickets to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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Prior to the match, Kohli had just 236 runs this season, which is below his own high standard. But the former Bengaluru skipper did not bow to his performance on the field. The 33-year-old Kohli revealed how he laughed at his own lean patch during a conversation with Rajasthan Royals opener Jose Butler.
In a chat with Harbhajan Singh Star SportsKohli said, “Jose Butler came to me after the Rajasthan Royals match and I wanted to ask you one thing and I told him you were wearing an orange cap. What do you want to hear from me, I am not able to do it – and we are laughing about it.”
Kohli’s volatile run with the bat remains a matter of debate, but the Indian batter said he was going through a “happy phase” of his life. The former India captain, who gave up his captaincy at Royal Challengers Bangalore last year, has not scored a century in competitive cricket for nearly three years. But he refuses to believe the drive has faded.
“I am actually at the happiest phase of my life. I don’t see any self-worth or value in what I do in the field.
“… That’s not to say I don’t have the same drive, my drive will never die. The day my drive is gone, I will not play this game.
“But to understand that some things are uncontrollable, the only control you have is the things you can work on. That’s what I am on the field and in life and from that perspective. It’s the most balanced place I have ever been and I’m happy with who I am and how I am leading my life.” “He said.