File photo of Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen.© BCCI / IPL
Virat Kohli has already etched his name in the top tier of the game thanks to some amazing performances with the bat. But the Indian running machine is going through a slim spot in its career. Kohli was ousted for a golden duck by Marco Jansen on Saturday as SunRisers Hyderabad thinned out the Royal Challengers Bangalore to record their fifth consecutive victory. Kohli was sacked for a golden duck in RCB’s previous game against Lucknow Super Giants – something of a rarity being sacked for consecutive golden ducks. The former captain scored a total of just 119 runs in eight games in IPL 2022 at an average of 17, which left many fans wondering if Kohli’s best was past him. However, former English star Kevin Pietersen came out in defense of Kohli.
“You want a fact? Every big part of our game is through what Virat goes through. Do you want another fact? They all get through it and deliver on the big stage again,” Pietersen tweeted.
Do you want a fact?
Every major of our game is through what Virat goes through.
Want another fact?
They all get through it and deliver on the big stage again …
– Kevin Pietersen (@ KP24) 23 April 2022
Actor Suniel Shetty responded to Pietersen’s tweet and wrote: “One legend talks about them another … Respect!”
One legend talks about them another … Respect !!
– Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) 23 April 2022
On Saturday, RCB was completely blown away by SRH bowlers. After batting, Faf du Plessis’ team found itself in trouble in the second over. Marco Jansen, SRH passer, took three wickets in over, including that of du Plessis and Kohli.
Things did not get much better as T Natarajan took over the duties to torment the RCB batsmen. The left-arm Indian pacemaker also tipped three wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umran Malik took one wicket each.
Jagadeesha Suchith took two wickets when RCB were bowled out for a meager 68 in 16.1 overs.
SRH made short work of the chase when Abhishek Sharma smashed a 28-ball 47 to help his team reach the target in just eight overs.
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