IPL 2019, KKR vs RCB: Skipper Virat Kohli's chance to salvage pride, confidence ahead of World Cup

For a batsman of Virat Kohli's class, the inexplicable six-match losing streak will be a thorn in his side for sometime, more so when he has not really set the stage on fire with his batting.

FirstCricket Staff, Apr 19, 2019 18:46:55 IST

When Virat Kohli looks back at IPL 2019, chances are that once the initial burst of exasperation subsides, he will look back at these months with haunting wistfulness. Another IPL gone, another opportunity missed. For a batsman of his class, the inexplicable six-match losing streak will be a thorn in his side for sometime, more so when he has not really set the stage on fire with his batting.

File image of Virat Kohli. Sportzpics

File image of Virat Kohli. Sportzpics

With 278 runs from 8 matches, he is 10th on the run-scorers' list before Friday's clash against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens with lowest average, strike rate and sixes among the ten leading scorers. What should worry Kohli more is the fact that he has not been woefully out of form either; he just, rather uncharacteristically, keeps getting out after getting a start. Considering how badly RCB rely on him to lead them to an above-par total, Kohli's patchy form has hit the team harder than it should.

Then, there's a small matter of his captaincy. Kohli, in RCB colours, is a pale shadow of his proactive, risk-taking India skipper self (and MS Dhoni's presence in the India think-tank has a lot to do with that). Halfway into the tournament, RCB are yet to find a settled XI, even as Kohli continues to commit tactical errors. Moeen Ali was famously not given a bowl on a turning track against KKR, Kohli himself failed to read the Bangalore track and decided to play anchor against Delhi Capitals, and all this while, they have failed to find a bowling combination that can, at the very least, contain batsmen on batting-friendly Chinnasamy tracks.

The action now shifts to Kolkata, where bottom-placed RCB play hosts KKR. Their playoff chances now over, RCB will have only pride to play for, and considering Kohli's character, that's still a lot to fight for. Kohli would also like to get a few good knocks under his belt before the World Cup so that his, and India's, confidence is high going into the big event.

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Updated Date: Apr 19, 2019 18:59:47 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254