Former Indian wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel felt that Virat Kohli‘s dismissal against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was because of his current mental space.
On Monday, RCB lost to KKR by nine wickets in Abu Dhabi. Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first but KKR bowlers led by Varun Chakravarthy bowled brilliantly to skittle down RCB to 92.
Kohli was the first batsman to depart in that RCB batting line-up after he was unable to play Prasidh Krishna’s nip-backer ball and saw himself trapped before the wicket.
We are just probably over-analysing Kohli’s dismissal: Parthiv Patel
A day before the match, Kohli announced that he would give up the team’s captaincy at the end of this season. Parthiv said if Kohli was in his form he would have struck boundaries on the same balls.
“It’s not like it’s the first time. Because of the form, he is in, because of maybe the mental space he is in, that is the reason why he has missed that ball, I think. We are just probably over-analysing it,” Parthiv said on Star Sports.
“If he was in prime form, we have seen him hit those boundaries from mid-on till fine leg. So, I think it’s just a matter of time. I don’t think we need to read too much into that head position. It was not as bad as we are trying to talk about it,” Parthiv added.
Sometimes you have to give the credit to the bowler as well: Parthiv Patel
Parthiv also credited Prasidh for his efforts to bowl and get out Kohli at the very start of the innings.
“I think sometimes you have to give the credit to the bowler as well. It is one of the most difficult balls to face. Yes, the head position is slightly out but it’s always been the case with Virat Kohli,” Parthiv mentioned.
KKR’s win against RCB helped them to climb to the fifth position from seventh in the points table with a net run rate of +0.110.