Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Team India captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star batsman Virat Kohli is currently going through the form of his life in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The 34-year-old right-handed batter holds the record for scoring the most runs in the cash-rich league. He has so far scored a total of 279 runs from six matches with four half-centuries in IPL 2023. He has also helped RCB get good starts in almost every match.

However, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has criticised Kohli for his slow approach towards batting following good starts.

As per Manjrekar, Kohli struggles to get going when the bowlers take the pace off. He made reference to Virat’s innings against the Punjab Kings and said that the batting legend once again got slow in his 40s.

“The start promised so much for Kohli. However, the score wasn’t what we expected. But the fact is that it’s an afternoon game. The pitch will become slower. That gives RCB hope. But, they could have added 25 runs more, considering the start that they had,” said Manjrekar.

“It’s the same scenario with Kohli that we have been seeing for a while. When the bowlers take the pace off the ball, he struggles to move on and score quickly. We saw that in the last season of IPL too. Once he gets into his 40s, he tends to slow down a little bit. I don’t know what the reason for that is,” he added.