On May 9, Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a humiliating defeat at the Wankhede Stadium against Mumbai Indians in a crucial match. Following the loss, RCB’s chances of qualifying for the semifinals have diminished as they have dropped to seventh place on the IPL 2023 points table.
Kohli did not contribute to the game with the bat, as he was dismissed with a score of 1 run. Fans had gathered in large numbers in anticipation of witnessing some of Kohli’s on-field wizardry, but were left disappointed. In response to all the talk about his strike rate and on-field antics, the former captain of the RCB took to Twitter and posted a spirited message in which he expressed his opinion.
“The competition is entirely mental. “In reality, it’s always you versus you,” Kohli wrote in a post alongside a photo that appeared to be from an advertisement shoot. Since his early years, the RCB stalwart has frequently been in the public eye. Kohli’s ‘no handshake’ incident with Sourav Ganguly and his heated exchanges with Naveen-ul-Haq and Gautam Gambhir made headlines during this year’s IPL.
In addition, some experts believe that Kohli’s T20 strike rate is marginally below par, given the current style of T20 cricket. In response to the same question, the star Indian batsman stated that the function of an anchor in T20 is crucial.
In a conversation with Robin Uthappa on JioCinema, Kohli stated, “Yes, definitely (important anchor duty). There are many individuals who, because they have never been in that situation themselves, have a different perspective on the game.”
The 34-year-old also stated, “Suddenly, when the power play is over, they will be like, ‘Oh, they’ve begun rotating the strike’.” “When you haven’t lost a wicket in the powerplay, usually the best bowler comes on, and you’re trying to figure out what to do against him in the first two overs so that you can get big wickets in the last two overs of that guy,” he concluded.