Sanjay Bangar: Virat Kohli is coming back pretty strong

Virat Kohli is doing “everything under his control” and needs a bit of luck to head his way, according to Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Sanjay Bangar, who believes the former India captain will soon be out of the long-standing meager patch. On Saturday, Sunrisers defeated Hyderabad RCB by nine wickets after dismantling the star-studded batting line-up for just 68 runs.

Kohli, who hasn’t scored a 100 in any form in over three years, has played first ball ducks in consecutive games with a known pattern of layoffs outside the off-stump.

“He (Kohli) is someone who has performed consistently for RCB. Players go through these kinds of tough times. He started the season really well, almost hit the winning runs in Pune, but then you have a strange run-out or the first lead who feels his bat is in the hands of the fielder,” said Bangar, a long-time batting coach for India.

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“We’ve all been through it. It’s a difficult phase for him, but he will come back pretty strong.” Bangar sidestepped the issue of Kohli needing a long break as former national team manager Ravi Shastri feels he is “overcooked”.

“He’s definitely doing everything he can control. He’s doing his fitness and skills and taking good breaks and not being pressured. He’s taken regular breaks and will continue to do so in the future.” Bangar was strong in his defense for Kohli, saying he understands people have their opinions as he has been such a key player for India for so long.

“Even if you look at the South African series, the 80 he scored in one of the Test matches was a fine innings,” said Bangar.

Kohli had scores of 41 not out, 12.5, 48, 1, 12, 0, 0 in RCB’s eight games this season. Bangar thinks the 33-year-old needs some luck to find his way.

“He doesn’t put the pressure on him, he enjoys the skill sessions. He needs a bit of luck to get going, all the layoffs and the first ball, the second balls, but I’m sure it’s his turn for a big.”

Virat Kohli is doing “everything under his control” and needs a bit of luck to head his way, according to Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Sanjay Bangar, who believes the former India captain will soon be out of the long-standing meager patch. On Saturday, Sunrisers defeated Hyderabad RCB by nine wickets after dismantling the star-studded batting line-up for just 68 runs.

Kohli, who hasn’t scored a 100 in any form in over three years, has played first-ball ducks in consecutive games with a known pattern of layoffs outside the off-stump.

“He (Kohli) is someone who has performed consistently for RCB. Players go through these kinds of tough times. He started the season well, almost hit the winning runs in Pune, but then you have an odd run-out or the first lead that feels his bat ends up in the hands of the fielder,” said Bangar, a long-time batting coach for India.

“We’ve all been through it. It’s a difficult phase for him, but he will come back pretty strong.” Bangar sidestepped the issue of Kohli needing a long break as former national team manager Ravi Shastri feels he is “overcooked”.

“He’s definitely doing everything he can control. He’s doing his fitness and skills and taking good breaks and not being pressured. He’s taken regular breaks and will continue to do so in the future.” Bangar was strong in his defense for Kohli, saying he understands people have their opinions as he has been such a key player for India for so long.

“Even if you look at the South African series, the 80 he scored in one of the Test matches was a fine innings,” said Bangar.

Kohli had scores of 41 not out, 12.5, 48, 1, 12, 0, 0 in RCB’s eight games this season. Bangar thinks the 33-year-old needs some luck to find his way.

“He doesn’t let the pressure get on him, he enjoys the skill sessions. He needs a bit of luck to get going, all the layoffs and the first ball, the second balls, but I’m sure once he gets going , he’s due for a big one.” †

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