Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) director of cricket operations, Mike Hesson, expressed disappointment at the untimely dismissal of the opener, Virat Kohli after the latter looked like his old self for a brief period of time against the Punjab Kings (PBKS).
After being set a mammoth target of 210, RCB needed Kohli to come to the party and the 33-year-old showed glimpses of excellence. Unfortunately, he was caught at short fine leg off Kagiso Rabada after scoring 20 in 14 balls.
“Virat, I thought, looked very good today. He looked in good touch, he was aggressive, and he is doing everything off the park as well in terms of making sure he prepares well. I thought today was going to be his day but once again it hits the other side of the thigh pad and goes down and he gets a single.”
“He hasn’t had a huge amount of huge fortune especially when he has got himself set when he has got himself in. He is as frustrated as anybody. We thought today was going to be the day,” Hesson was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
“Virat is as frustrated as anyone” – Mike Hesson
The lean patch that Kohli is going through has worried Indian fans but Hesson insists nobody is as frustrated with the poor form as Kohli himself. The former Indian skipper needs a big knock and he needs it very soon.
“Look, he is the best we have ever had in terms of RCB. He is an incredible player. He hasn’t scored the volume of runs he would have liked. Today he looked in really good touch. It is not a technical thing. As I said, he is putting in a lot of work behind the scenes.”
“He looked in really good touch today. He was unfortunate. I thought we were going to see something special. Virat is as frustrated as anyone but we know that the epic one is around the corner. We have got a huge game coming up. So there is no reason why it won’t be in a few days’ time,” Hesson went on to add.
PBKS defeated RCB by 54 runs with Jonny Bairstow taking the Player of the Match award for his 29-ball 66 in the first innings.