Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Though star batsman Virat Kohli fought a lone battle to help Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) score a challenging total of 183/3, Rajasthan Royals romped home in 19.1 overs.

English batter Jos Buttler scored an unbeaten 100 off 58 balls with a strike-rate of 172.41 to guide Royals to a convincing victory.

Kohli reached the triple-digit figure mark in just 67 balls and it was the joint slowest IPL ton ever. Social media was abuzz with Kohli playing such a ‘slow’ knock. Several fans and experts criticised Kohli for his sluggish innings.

Moreover, former Team India explosive opener Virender Sehwag has also given his verdict on Kohli’s knock.

“I think RCB are 20 runs short. If I talk about Virat Kohli, the innings has been good. But the guys who had to accompany him, Glenn Maxwell, Cameroon Green, Dinesh Karthik did not come to bat, there was no Mahipal Lomror. Nobody was there at the end who could end. However, Virat Kohli’s strike-rate could have gone up. Because when you hit 50 off 39 balls, then the strike-rate goes up, nears 200 even. But the other batters did not do anything. All the pressure was on Kohli,” said Sehwag during an interaction.

“Kohli is in form. That is his role that he will stay till the end. The other batters who have been picked by paying so much money, they should prove their mettle. Like Maxwell. But nobody did anything today,” he added.