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IPL 2022: He’s Thinking, ‘I’m Virat Kohli And I’m Not Being Able To Do Which I Once Was: Shoaib Akhtar On Kohli’s Form

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Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli’s battle has gone on in the ongoing 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) where he has overseen just 216 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of only 111.9.

Promoted to copy his 2016 form after venturing down as the skipper of RCB toward the finish of 2021, Kohli has overseen only one 50+ score this season and five single-digit figures which incorporate two successive golden ducks.

Virat Kohli. Photo-IPL
Virat Kohli. Photo-IPL

Virat Kohli Needs To Just Enjoy The Game: Shoaib Akhtar

Ahead of the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar feels that Virat Kohli needs to quit coming down on himself and simply partake in the game.

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Virat Kohli. Photo- IPL
Virat Kohli. Photo- IPL

Playing at No.3 of RCB toward the beginning of the season, Kohli gave early indications of poor form other than his two scores of the 40s. Notwithstanding, after the two successive dismissals without scoring, Kohli was moved back to the top of the order and he got back with his maiden fifty this season.

Be that as it may, his scores in the last three games as an opener have come at a drowsy rate – 97 off 96 – inferring a run-a-ball rate which is therefore impacted the team’s aggregate.

Legends Like Virat Kohli Know How To Make A Comeback: Shoaib Akhtar

Addressing Sportskeeda in front of the RCB-SRH game, Akhtar thought that Kohli has placed the tension on himself of demonstrating his value. The Pakistan extraordinary anyway conceded that notwithstanding the plunge, “legends” like Kohli know how to do a turnaround.

Virat Kohli. Photo- RCB
Virat Kohli. Photo- RCB

“Virat Kohli is a great player. He has nothing to prove. The bad form he is in now is because he has the pressure to prove himself and he has already done that in IPL. He just needs to go out there and enjoy the game. He is trying too hard to score runs.

He is thinking, ‘I’m Virat Kohli and I’m not being able to do which I once was’. This is time when you realise you are only a human being. To err is to human. But legends like Virat Kohli know now to make a strong comeback,” he said.

Kohli should score big against SRH to help RCB, who as of now stand fourth in the table with 12 points from 11 games to make the playoff games.

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