'Virat Kohli's power game has diminished a bit' - Sanjay Manjrekar not convinced with Kohli's 48 vs MI

‘Virat Kohli’s power game has diminished a bit’ – Sanjay Manjrekar not convinced with Kohli’s 48 vs MI

Kohli seemed to be in good touch against MI.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Virat Kohli might not have made a huge impact so far in IPL 2022 but, he does have a couple of 40s to his name. The latest one came against the Mumbai Indians during the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s last match where he scored 48 runs from 36 deliveries before being adjudged LBW controversially off youngster Dewald Brevis in the penultimate over of the chase.

Meanwhile, former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar is not convinced about Kohli’s return to form on the 22 yards yet. Giving further clarification on the same, the cricketer-turned-cricket pundit said that the batting megastar’s power game has diminished a bit. Furthermore, the ex-Mumbai cricketer also added that Virat Kohli is still only just clearing the boundary ropes.

I focus on how far his sixes go: Sanjay Manjrekar

“Virat Kohli did score some runs but when I see him, I focus on how far his sixes go – near the boundary, in the stands or the second tier. He’s still only just clearing the boundary ropes and this is what I have often said in the past year – Virat Kohli’s power game has diminished a bit. Five-six years ago he used to hit big sixes. I will focus on that and not him hitting 50 or 60 runs. Once his power game gets better then I’ll say Virat Kohli has arrived in T20 cricket”, said Manjrekar while speaking to ESPNcricinfo.

Virat Kohli has so far amassed 106 runs from four matches averaging 35.33 and a strike rate of 135.90. He agonizingly fell two runs short of what would have been his first half-century of the season in the previous game. The former RCB skipper was rapped on the pads by Brevis as he tried to defend a delivery moving a bit forward and even the DRS could not save him as a result of which he could not control his emotions and vented out his frustration while walking back to the dugout.

The incident went viral on social media and the fans expressed their disappointment at the umpires as well as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).  The batting icon would now be hoping to come up with his A-game when RCB face the defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the DY Patil Stadium on April 12.