Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar doesn’t feel that a player can return to form off one inning and expects Virat Kohli to perform once again when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) takes on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Eliminator on Wednesday.
Ahead of the crucial game, RCB fans will be happy to have seen Kohli play well in their final league game of the season. Kohli scored 73 in RCB’s must-win match against Gujarat Titans to help them get back into the fourth spot on the points table.
“Virat Kohli has got that one inning but I don’t believe a player is back in form after just one inning. We’ll have to see one more inning in a pressure game then we’ll know whether or not Kohli is back in form.”
“The only thing is when Kohli is scoring and then the big stage comes, he dominates completely. We’ll hope he picks up a long-term form to not only help his IPL side but also benefit the Indian team in a T20 World Cup season,” Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.
“There’s no one better than him on the big stage” – Sanjay Manjrekar
Although Kohli has had a terrible IPL 2022 season, his knock in the final game would have given him utmost confidence. Going into the knockout stages, he will be hoping to come good for his franchise once again.
“Fans also read cricket really well. He was scoring 50s and 30s before as well, it’s not like he isn’t scoring runs at all like Rohit Sharma‘s problem. But somewhere the fans knew that he wasn’t in form yet.”
“But because of the way he batted and the strike rate he showed in the last match and not just runs but the way he scored those runs, the fans also assessed that Kohli is back in form. The biggest thing is if Kohli feels self-confident from the inside like before – he always looks confident from the outside – there’s no one better than him on the big stage,” Manjrekar mentioned.