‘He is just 10 balls away from a great knock’ – Pragyan Ojha believes Virat Kohli will overcome poor form
All eyes will be Kohli to deliver with the bat during RCB's next IPL 2020 fixture.
Updated - Oct 3, 2020 12:40 pm
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has been in woeful touch this season. In the first three matches, he has registered scores of– 14, 1, 3. With just 18 runs so far in the tournament, apart from his Super Over knock of 5 off 2, Kohli has been under criticism for his batting antics.
RCB have registered two wins in their first two games and are currently sitting sixth in the points table. The Bangalore side’s journey in the UAE has been decent so far but Kohli’s poor run still remains an issue.
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha, however, has backed the RCB skipper to bounce back strongly. Ojha has claimed a solid comeback from Kohli, considering the ‘confidence’ which he possesses. Ojha pointed out Kohli’s strong mindset when he decided to join AB de Villiers in the middle for the Super Over against Mumbai Indians.
Virat Kohli is a very confident man: Pragyan Ojha
“When you talk about Virat, he has got nothing to prove to anyone. He is a very confident man. Right from the very day 1 when he came to the picture he was a very confident man and he always wanted to do it on his own.
He is the person who is always there. ‘I’m the one who is going to do it for his country, for my team. Whichever team he plays for. And I just saw his statement when ABD said that I’m going to go out and bat in the Super Over, Virat said ‘I’m joining you boss’,” Ojha said on Sports Today.
“See that’s the confidence he carries. As a leader, when you carry that kind of confidence, it spreads a lot of positivity in your team,” added Ojha, who represented India in 24 Tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is. The left-arm orthodox spinner was also a part of three IPL winning sides. He lifted the trophy once with now-defunct Deccan Chargers and twice with Mumbai Indians.
Ojha further also shed light on Kohli’s aggressive touch while captaining a side. When a player is playing with Kohli, he has to be at the top of his game, opined Ojha. All eyes will be Kohli to deliver with the bat during RCB’s next IPL 2020 fixture. They are slated to face Rajasthan Royals on 3 October at Abu Dhabi.
“At times you have that match pressure then again when you see the captain being little more aggressive. Sometimes few players, they’re not comfortable. But you know when you’re playing with a champion player, he expects you to be at the top, always performing really well,” he said.