Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star batsman Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century to guide Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) to a formidable total against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Kohli scored an unbeaten 113 runs from just 72 balls with a strike rate of 156.94. 

The star batsman displayed patience and composure as wickets fell around him, anchoring the innings while accelerating when needed. His brilliant century was instrumental in powering RCB to a challenging total of 183 runs.

However, several fans and experts criticised Kohli’s knock by terming it ‘sluggish’. They were also of the opinion that Kohli’s slow knock was responsible for RCB’s defeat against RR.

Moreover, question mark has also been raised over Kohli’s place in the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

Meanwhile, responding to the development, Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma sharply criticized those targeting the former RCB captain.

Sharma expressed frustration with those criticizing Kohli’s strike rate, dismissing their remarks as ‘rubbish’. As per him, the RCB star often faces unjust criticism simply because of his fame, as some seek attention by speaking negatively about him.

“Those talking about Virat for his slow knock should first think about the match situation and conditions before talking rubbish. The comments on Kohli’s innings may generate headlines, gain media attention and views,” said Sharma.

“A few people who are talking this nonsense, I think they don’t know the context of the match, what was the situation of the match and how the team was struggling,” he further said.

“Some people enjoy to mention star players like Virat Kohli just to garner media attention, rather than providing meaningful analysis. While discussing about top athletes, constantly name-dropping them feels more like a ploy for headlines than genuine commentary,” he added.