Where is the old Virat Kohli? Every Indian cricket fan is searching for the answer to only one question at the moment. For two years now, Kohli’s form has been a cause of concern, and the situation is not getting any better. While he hasn’t looked completely out of touch as he has consistently scored some runs, there has been a drought of big runs for a while now. Moreover, Virat Kohli is looking lost in the run chases, an art in which he used to thrive.
In the game against Chennai Super Kings, Virat Kohli was dismissed by the young left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary for one run. It was a soft dismissal as the superstar batter would have dispatched the same ball nine out of ten times. However, it was one of those only times where the harmless short-pitched delivery consumed him, and Kolhi was caught at the boundary.
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Chennai Super Kings were searching for their first victory of the season when they entered the field against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Batting first, Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube took RCB’s bowling to the cleaners and posted a massive total of 216/4 in 20 overs. While Uthappa scored 88 runs off 50 deliveries, Shivam Dube remained unbeaten for 95 runs off 46 deliveries.
The Royal Challengers needed a solid opening to chase such a big total, but Faf du Plessis was removed by Maheesh Theekshana early in the innings. After the fall of Faf, former skipper Virat Kohli entered the arena, and fans were hoping for a classic Virat chase. However, all hopes were shattered quickly as Virat Kohli played a shot straight to the deep square leg off a short delivery from Mukesh Choudhary.
Post Virat’s wicket, RCB never looked comfortable in the chase and could only manage 193/9 in 20 overs to lose the game by 23 runs. They currently sit 5th in the points table with three wins and two losses in five matches. RCB will be up against Delhi Capitals in the next game and will hope to get back to the winning ways.