IPL 2022 Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB: Virat Kohli flops as Royal Challengers Bangalore eye final berth


IPL 2022 Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB: Virat Kohli fell for 7 off 8 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore battled Rajasthan Royals for a spot in the final of IPL 2022. 

Virat Kohli got out for 7 in the Qualifier 2 against RR (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli was dismissed for 7 against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 2
  • Kohli has had a poor time in IPL 2022 and he failed again in a crunch game for RCB
  • Kohli has so far scored only 341 runs from 16 matches in IPL 2022 

Virat Kohli, who was pumped up after Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals last Saturday to facilitate Royal Challengers Bangalore’s passage into the IPL 2022 playoffs, fell cheaply in the second qualifier against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Virat Kohli had managed a 24-ball 25 in the Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants but Rajat Patidar’s sensational hundred and Dinesh Karthik’s cameo scripted an RCB victory. On Friday, Kohli edged an ordinary delivery from Prasidh Krishna and perished for 7 off 8 balls.

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Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in IPL history but he does not have a great record in the playoffs where he has scored only 2 half-centuries in 14 matches so far.

This has been a nightmarish summer for Virat Kohli in IPL 2022. The RCB star has bagged three golden ducks and in 16 matches so far this season, he has hit only two half-centuries, one of which was his slowest ever in the Indian Premier League.

However, Virat Kohli had made a match-winning 73 against Gujarat Titans in RCB’s last league game. Afterward, he had said how hard he trained the previous night and admitted he was disappointed to have not made any impact for the team throughout the tournament.

Virat Kohli has copped criticism from fans on social media. But several experts including Ravi Shastri, the former India head coach and close friend, said Kohli needed a break to recharge himself.

Virat Kohli himself said he would consider Shastri’s suggestion and was subsequently rested for the T20I series against South Africa at home but he was named for the rescheduled fifth Test against England in July.

In 16 matches in IPL 2022, Virat Kohli has scored 341 runs at an average of 22.73 and a strike rate of 115.99. If RCB do make it to the final, he would want to sign off on a high and play an innings for the ages.



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