Virat Kohli wrapped up IPL 2022 scoring just 341 runs in 16 innings at 22.73, with a strike rate of 115.99. The tally includes two fifties and three golden-duck dismissals. Former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli was touted to emulate his 2016 form after giving up his leadership position at the end of the IPL 2021.
However, Virat Kohli ended up with his worst ever IPL numbers in the 15th edition of the IPL 2022 leaving many veteran cricketers and analysts urging the modern-era great to take a break from the sport. But Rashid Khan admitted that Virat Kohli remains positive before revealing what the 33-year-old told him about his recent form.
Virat Kohli’s Century Will Come Very Soon Feels Rashid Khan
Gujarat Titans star Rashid Khan recalled his conversation with Virat Kohli ahead of their IPL 2022 meetings last week. He denied that Virat Kohli is out of form and admitted that he is not living up to the standard that he has set for himself over the course of his illustrious career. Rashid Khan then revealed that the ex-RCB skipper remains positive about a big knock happening soon and that he continues to prepare hard for it.
“Kohli’s Century will come very soon. We are so much waiting for his hundred and hopefully it will happen very soon. He is still scoring 50, 60 or 70 runs. See in Test cricket, he has scored 60, 70 runs by surviving in tough and difficult conditions.
“But he has scored so many centuries and set his standard so high, everyone expects that he should score a century every day. That day when we (me & Kohli) met in the practice sessions. Kohli batted so long in the nets. He was telling me ‘there’s something coming soon’, and that ‘a good innings will happen soon, my job work hard and prepare hard’,” he said.
Virat Kohli will next be seen in action in the Indian jersey during the tour of England. in July. It is yet to be seen if he is picked for the T20I series against Ireland that precedes it. He was rested for the forthcoming South Africa home 5 match T20I series.
Virat Kohli’s last IPL century came against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2019, when he smashed 100 runs off just 58 balls. It has been almost two and a half years since Virat Kohli scored a century in any format of the game. He put Bangladesh to the sword in the Test format and hit 136 runs off 170 balls in November 2019.
Virat Kohli Had A Poor IPL 2022 By His Standards
Virat Kohli has had a very poor season this time around in IPL 2022. He has only scored 341 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of under 120, besides being dismissed on golden duck thrice this season. He became the first batter to breach the 7,000 run-mark in the history of the IPL including defunct CPL. The former RCB skipper has over 6,600 runs for his franchise in the IPL, with the rest coming in the now-defunct Champions League.
Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the IPL and jointly holds the record for the most number of centuries (4) in an IPL season with Jos Buttler. He was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 15 crores. He has scored 6624 runs in 223 IPL matches all for RCB averaging 36.2.
In 2016, Virat Kohli had set twin records for most runs (973) and most hundreds (4) in a single season of the Indian Premier League. Thereafter, he scored 308 runs (2017), 530 runs (2018), 464 (2019), 466 (2020), 405 (2021) and 341 (2022). He averaged a mere 28.93 in IPL 2021 and 22.73 in IPL 2022.