Virat Kohli has not been able to score a goal in the IPL this season and it is worrying that he is dealing with different types of bowlers, noted former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop. Kohli managed to run just 175 runs with a top score of 58 with a goal rate of just 111.09, the third lowest among hitters with at least 150 runs this season.
On Wednesday, Mooen Ali cleared Kohli after a grueling 30 of 33 deliveries, and Bishop said he was worried about Kohli’s fight against spin, especially off-spin. “For a while, during 10 or 15 runs, he didn’t even go for a run-a-ball, or he just went for a run-a-ball,” Bishop said at ESPNcricinfo‘T20 Time Out’.
“It simply came to our notice then. He hit one (six) over the extra-cover from the seamer, and then he just went ahead for a run-a-ball and then came back. It’s something we’ve seen with Virat, not just this season. Even last season, I remember, even sometimes internationally, it will take off – it didn’t take off tonight – and then it will slow down again. So I’m worried. “
In all, Kohli played 16 balls against the Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.
“If you don’t get ahead of the rate and go for a run-a-ball, you have to score deep in innings,” he said. “And he doesn’t go deep into innings either. So, those deliveries are not refundable to you. Even if RCB won, it was not a change, even given the difficulties of the field, which could be said to have caused the overall winning result. “
Highlighting Kohli’s fight against the spinner, Bishop said: “Roston Chase pulled him off in the West Indies series (at home in February), we’ve seen him come out in rehearsals. So, I’m worried about… and I adore Kohli.
“I get involved watching cricket when Kohli is at his best, so it’s not a criticism, but an observation that I’m worried that many types of bowlers are pulling him out and not leading the way.”
Kohli was on a Moeen delivery that was thrown out of the stump and turned over the inner edge to disrupt his forest. Commenting on former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, he said: “I can remember R Ashwin or Harbhajan (Singh) bowling very fast in his powerplay and he is just looking for singles and potentially not dominating them. But this is different. This is Moeen Ali trying to turn the ball away from the stump and I feel like I can see that exclusion a few times in test matches. “
He continued: “And that’s a big credit to Moeen Ali and his style of bowling – the fact that he managed to hit those areas with a little drift and then that quick turn. So, it seems that this kind of bowling has bothered him a little (Kohlija) from now on. “