Virat Kohli has not had the best of the start to his IPL 2020 batting. Although his team won their opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kohli’s individual performance was still very poor in that game. In the next game against Kings XI Punjab, he looked without any rhythm again.
Punjab had a really good day at the office as they won by an enormous 97 runs and Kohli couldn’t do anything with the bat or on the field too. One of the rarest things to happen was seeing Kohli drop a catch that too twice and it was none other than the opposition star KL Rahul’s catch who went on to score 132 runs, the highest by any Indian in an IPL.
He scored it in just 69 balls which included 14 fours and seven sixes. Things got worse just moments after Kohli dropped Rahul’s second catch as Rahul then went on to score 42 runs off the next nine balls, including a hammering to Dale Steyn, scoring 26 runs in the veteran’s over.
Kohli’s performance in the field went on to reflect in his batting too as the skipper lost his focus and wasn’t in the best state of mind as he usually is, irrespective of the match situation. Kohli came on number four as Mohammad Shami disrupted the openers but after seeing Shami off, Kohli fell prey to Sheldon Cottrell in the third over. However, things took a huge turn after Sunil Gavaskar made a strong remark on the Indian skipper’s dismissal.
He said in Hindi, “Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai.” What he actually meant was Kohli practiced to only Anushka’s bowling in the lockdown but Twitteratis took it the wrong way. The only place where Gavaskar fell short was when he decided to drag in Kohli’s wife into the picture.
Famous bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has been always blamed for beau Kohli’s poor performances. Kohli though has always publically spoken about how it is nothing to do with her yet social media takes no time to judge Kohli’s intentions.
This time though it was Sunil Gavaskar who started the fire and consequently faced the heat from several people on social media.
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