Virat Kohli may not have had a significant influence on the IPL 2022 thus far, but he does have a pair of 40-run innings to his credit. The most recent one occurred during Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s latest encounter against the Mumbai Indians, in which he hit 48 runs off 36 deliveries before being controversially called LBW off teenager Dewald Brevis in the penultimate over of the chase against the Mumbai Indians. Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his opinion on the matter of Kohli’s big hits.
The former Indian batsman isn’t confident that Kohli would be able to regain his form on the 22-yard line anytime soon. To provide additional insight on the matter, the cricketer turned commentator said that the batting megastar’s power game has been somewhat weakened. Furthermore, the former Mumbai cricketer said that Virat Kohli is still just beginning to cross the boundary ropes in his innings.
Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Virat Kohli’s power game has waned in recent months
“Virat Kohli scored some runs, but when I watch him, I’m more concerned with how far his sixes go – whether they’re on the boundary, in the stands, or in the second deck of the stadium,” Manjrekar explained. He’s still just barely getting beyond the boundary ropes, and this is something I’ve mentioned many times over the last year: Virat Kohli’s power game has a little bit waned in recent months.”
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo about the former Indian captain, Manjrekar continued, “He used to smash massive sixes five or six years ago. I’ll concentrate on that rather than on him hitting 50 or 60 home runs. I’ll say Virat Kohli has arrived in T20 cricket if his power game improves.”
Virat Kohli has scored 106 runs in four matches so far, with an average of 35.33 and a strike rate of 135.90. He came up two runs short of what would have been his first half-century of the season, which was a heartbreaking disappointment. Even though the DRS could not save him, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain lost control of his emotions and vented his frustration while walking back to the dugout. The former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain at the time, was rapped on the pads by Brevis.
The event gained widespread attention on social media, with supporters expressing their dissatisfaction with both the umpires and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In the next match against the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings at the DY Patil Stadium on April 12, the batting legend will be looking to be at his best.