Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has reacted to Virat Kohli’s poor run with the bat in IPL 2020 so far. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has looked like a pale shadow of his usual self in the tournament so far.
Nothing describes his struggle better than the fact that he has hit only one boundary in three games so far and that one also came during the super over against Mumbai Indians on Monday. In three games so far, he has managed to score only 18 runs.
Virat Kohli started the tournament with a 14-run knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad although his team had gone on to win the game. In the following game against Kings XI Punjab, he was out for a five-ball one as RCB suffered a crushing 97-run defeat.
And his performance against Mumbai Indians was perhaps the worst of the lot as he managed just 3 runs from 11 balls. But fortunately, his teammates delivered with the bat to take the team to 201 before the game was decided by the super over. In the super over, he and AB de Villiers scored the required 8 runs off Jasprit Bumrah.
Sunil Gavaskar’s reaction:
While Virat Kohli’s form is showing little or no signs of improvement, Sunil Gavaskar is confident he would bounce back. In fact, the batting legend has backed the RCB star to get at least 400-500 runs in IPL 2020. Gavaskar is confident that Kohli may have had a quiet start but he will make up for the lack of runs towards the end of the tournament.
“He’s a class act everybody knows that. So what if he’s had 3 quiet matches, he’s the kind of batsman who will make up for it towards the end.
“He may have started slowly but by the time the tournament ends he will have 400-500 runs which is what he gets every year. There was that one year when he got almost a 1000 runs (in 2016) and hundreds as well (4).
“He may not get 900 runs (in IPL 2020) because the first 3 matches have been quiet but 500 runs totally, they are all written there,” Gavaskar said on air after the game on Monday.
Gavaskar had recently landed in hot water for allegedly making an unsavoury comment for Anushka Sharma, wife of Virat Kohli. He was criticised by the fans as well as the actor before issuing a clarification where he stated that his comment was twisted and taken out of context.