What is wrong with Virat Kohli? Has the run machine forgotten the art of scoring?

“And the king completes his 71st century in style.” This is a
statement that we have all been waiting to hear over the last two years. But
Kohli continues to struggle and disappoint us. 100 matches have passed across
all formats for Virat Kohli. However, his 71st century is still playing hide
and seek with the Indian batsman. A prominent batsman with a knack for scoring
runs is now finding it tough to get runs on board. Virat Kohli was once
proclaimed as the Run Machine for crunching runs after runs, fifties after
fifties, and centuries after centuries. During his prime period of 2016-17, the
world’s greatest bowlers were scared to go up against him. There seemed to be
no way to stop him from scoring runs. However, the current situation is very
dull for Kohli and his fans. Even his recent 50 came in 40+ balls, which is
also not so good in T20 format.

But, this could be the confidence Virat Kohli needed to end his run draught.
Kohli stepped down as captain because his batting was suffering. He wanted to
minimise his workload after guiding India across formats and the Royal
Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the hopes of rediscovering his touch. Yet,
months after becoming just a player without captaincy responsibilities (at
least in principle), King Kohli is yet to come together. “I don’t think
there is a technical issue, he has played for so many years,” said former
India captain and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar. “Scoring runs is
basically how you adapt to the situation and conditions. What happens is, if
you are not scoring, it always weighs on your mind. The game is all about
confidence which comes whenever he scores.” It won’t be a long before the
whispers of “he’s done”, “washed”, and “drop him”
get louder, but for a man with such stellar and exemplary records, it’s just
pity at the moment.

With the T20 World Cup to be scheduled this year, the Indian team needs
Kohli to be at his best. Former India coach Ravi Shastri also suggested he
needs a break. “I am going straight to the main guy here. Virat Kohli is
overcooked. If anyone needs a break, it’s him. Whether it’s two months or a
month-and-a-half, whether it’s after England or before England. He needs a
break because he has got 6-7 years of cricket left in him and you don’t want to
lose that with a fried brain. He is not the only one. There might be 1 or 2 in
world cricket going through the same. You need to address the problem
upfront.” Virat Kohli has an attitude of going for the kill rather than
being happy with what he got. This attitude has helped him numerous times, like
going for the kill against the Australian and England test sides in their home.
Kohli changed the way the Indian team played test matches. All the sledges and
stares were returned back to the opponents.

Image Credits: royalchallengers.com

With the T20 World Cup to be scheduled this year, the Indian team needs
Kohli to be at his best. Former India coach Ravi Shastri also suggested he
needs a break. “I am going straight to the main guy here. Virat Kohli is
overcooked. If anyone needs a break, it’s him. Whether it’s two months or a
month-and-a-half, whether it’s after England or before England. He needs a
break because he has got 6-7 years of cricket left in him and you don’t want to
lose that with a fried brain. He is not the only one. There might be 1 or 2 in
world cricket going through the same. You need to address the problem
upfront.” Virat Kohli has an attitude of going for the kill rather than
being happy with what he got. This attitude has helped him numerous times, like
going for the kill against the Australian and England test sides in their home.
Kohli changed the way the Indian team played test matches. All the sledges and
stares were returned back to the opponents.

Image Credits: ndtv.com

However, it is a dull run currently for King Kohli in his current form.
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen agreed. “Virat Kohli needs to say,
‘cricket boots, for six months, I will see you later.’ Turn off social media,
go and get re-energised. When the stadiums are full again, you guarantee him a
spot in that side for the next 12, 24 or 36 months. Tell him ‘you’re our guy,
we know you’ll deliver for us’. I think he is going to find it very hard to
continue delivering now. His brain, as Ravi Shastri said, is completely
fried,” said Pietersen. 

All he needs is a couple of good performances for
a man of his calibre, and he will regain his confidence. He has got enough time
to regain his composure and get back. But with 2 World Cups coming straight up
and one being held in our home, Virat Kohli would want to sit back and analyse
what is going wrong and get back to his usual self. With fingers crossed, we
hope King Kohli is back to his form soon

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