Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

RCB batsman Virat Kohli was severely criticised by several fans and experts for his slow strike rate during the first half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. However, the star batsman responded to his critics to make course correction in the second half. He ended the season with a strike rate of 154.70, the highest he has ever maintained in an IPL season. 

Among those criticising Kohli for his poor strike rate was former New Zealand fast bowler turned commentator Simon Doull.

However, the 54-year-old has reversed his opinion about Kohli since the early part of the season. He even stated that Kohli was the best batter of the season in his books. 

The former New Zealand great also revealed the flipside of criticising a  great player like Kohli who has so many followers in India.

"I see a phenomenal player, a player who should be dominating more than what he was. That's what I talk about when I mention his strike rate. I felt that he was afraid to get out because he was worried about what is behind him rather than (saying), 'I'm so good'. It is the same thing I said about Babar and I had a chat with him after I talked about it in Pakistan and he said that his coaches told him the same thing. What I loved about Kohli this year was the intent to hit sixes," said Doull during a recent interaction.

"Kohli is too good to worry about getting out and that was always my point. I have said a thousand great things about Virat Kohli but I say one thing negative or construed to be negative, and I get death threats. That's the shame of it," the former pacer added.

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