Virat Kohli is doing ”everything under his control” and needs a bit of luck going his way, according to Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Sanjay Bangar, who feels the former India captain will surely come out of the prolonged lean patch soon. On Saturday, Sunrisers Hyderabad beat RCB by nine wickets after dismantling the star-studded batting line-up for a mere 68 runs.
Kohli, who hasn’t scored a hundred in any format for more than three years now, has got out to first-ball ducks in successive games with a familiar pattern of dismissals outside the off-stump.
”He (Kohli) is somebody who has consistently performed for RCB. Players go through this kind of rough patch. He started the season really well, nearly hit the winning runs in Pune but then you have an odd run-out or the first edge that finds his bat lands in fielder’s hands,” Bangar, a long time India batting coach, said.
”We have all been through it, it is a tough phase for him but he will come back pretty strong.” Bangar side-stepped the issue of Kohli needing a long break as former national team head coach Ravi Shastri feels that he is ”over-cooked”.
”He is certainly doing everything that is in his control. He is doing his fitness and skills and taking good breaks and not letting the pressure get to him. He has been taking breaks at regular intervals and will continue to do so going forward.” Bangar was stout in his defense for Kohli, saying that he understands people have their opinions since he has been such an important player for India for such a long time.
”Even if you look at South Africa series, the 80-odd that he scored in one of the Test matches was a fine inning,” Bangar said.
Kohli has had scores of 41 not out, 12, 5, 48, 1, 12, 0, 0 in RCB’s eight outings this season. Bangar feels the 33-year-old needs some luck going his way. ”He’s not letting the pressure get to him, he’s enjoying the skill sessions. He needs a bit of luck to get going, all the dismissals and first ball, second balls but Im sure ones he gets going he’s due for a big one.”