Kohli’s Issues With Bat, Former India Coach Ravi Shastri Explains

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Virat Kohli’s issues with bat have been explained by Ravi Shastri, who claims that he has shown signs of regaining clarity during the Indian Premier League 2022.

Kohli's Issues With Bat Former India Coach Ravi Shastri Explains
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Ravi Shastri, the former India head coach, is currently a member of Star Sports’ Hindi commentary panel for the Indian Premier League 2022. He finished his tenure with the Indian cricket team last year, around the same time that Virat Kohli stepped down as T20 captain. Notably, Kohli will play in the IPL 2022 season solely as a batter, rather than as a captain, for the first time in over a decade. Meanwhile, Shastri discussed Virat Kohli’s bat issues during a live broadcast of the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders match on Wednesday.

Kohli is certainly regaining clarity of thought as he is decisive about his batting after being relieved of the responsibility of leading the Bengaluru-based franchise in the cash-rich league, according to the former India coach. Sashtri cited players’ fatigue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s bio-bubbles, and added that Kohli has lacked clarity in the recent past. Kohli hit two sixes and a boundary on his way to an unbeaten 41-run knock against Punjab Kings in RCB’s first game of the tournament. Shastri cited this quickfire knock as an example of the 33-year-conviction old’s and decisiveness in scoring runs.

“Clutter You can get into a rut when you’re in bubbles, when you’re going through a routine that cricket hasn’t seen in 40-50 years. There isn’t the clarity of thought that there used to be. Now that the captaincy is no longer a burden. He is now free to think for himself and not be concerned with anything else. We saw glimpses of it in the previous game, so it’s possible that clarity of thought will return. When you’re looking to accomplish something, you want to be completely focused. He’ll do it when he has that clarity,” Shastri explained.

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Ravi Shastri questions Virat Kohli’s Issues with bat choice of shot against KKR

Meanwhile, during RCB’s win over KKR on Wednesday, Kohli walked out to the pavilion after hitting only 12 runs off 7 balls. Umesh Yadav got the batter’s wicket in the third over, reducing RCB to 17/3, after he opened his account with two solid boundaries. Shastri weighed in on Kohli’s 12-run knock and questioned the shot that resulted in Kohli’s dismissal. Kohli should have left the ball alone, according to Shastri, because he got off to a great start and looked like a million bucks on the crease during his 10-minute stay.

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