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Virat Kohli wasn’t Virat Kohli: Aakash Chopra analyzes the RCB star’s ordinary run at IPL 2022


Virat Kohli had an abysmal run in the IPL 2022 edition. The former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper was expected to go crazy with the bat in the 15th season after stepping down as franchise captain in the year last, but the 33-year-old fell flat and was nowhere near his own high standards.

Kohli came back with 341 points in 16 games, averaging 22.73 and an under-par strike rate of 115.98. The right-hander scored two half-centuries, against eventual winners Gujarat Titans (GT) managed by Hardik Pandya, but was not near his best in the majority of outings. Even his 53-58s in RCB’s first showdown against GT weren’t very impressive.

Analyzing Kohli’s season for RCB, former India flyhalf turned commentator Aakash Chopra said: “The main points were that the top three hitters just didn’t make it. If you look at Virat Kohli’s year, Virat Kohli was not Virat Kohli. 16 matches, 341 runs at a strike rate of 115. You could have said that was fine even with 341 runs if the strike rate had been around 140.”

“Only two half centuries, that too against one team. Other than that, he didn’t score any points. He reached 48 once and scored an unbeaten 40 in the first game, but a very ordinary season according to its standards and by all standards,” he said in a video posted on Youtube.

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Additionally, Chopra focused on Glenn Maxwell and skipper Faf du Plessis and said: “Glenn Maxwell, who you’ve placed a huge bet on, 301 points in 13 games, he’s slightly underperforming but the rate of strikes is very high, over 160. He also picked up bowling wickets, he also took catches. But one thing is if Virat Kohli doesn’t have a gun season, Maxi must have a season extremely firearms, which did not happen.

“Faf du Plessis – 468 runs in 16 matches. He has the runs, 468 runs is good but they are a team without a single score over 500. You could say Gujarat don’t have that either but there were three players over 400 there and their main activity was bowling,” the cricketer-turned-pundit added.

RCB finished the league stage in fourth place and won the Eliminator, beating Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), before retiring after losing to eventual finalists Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifying 2.

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