Even as Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded a crucial victory against SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022, Virat Kohli’s struggles with the bat continued.
It was his third duck in this season’s IPL, taking his tally of zeroes in the IPL to six.
RCB however did well to recover from the early blow and went on to score 192 for three, with captain Faf du Plessis hitting an unbeaten half-century. He was aided well by knocks from Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik.
Wanindu Haranga then ran through the SRH batting to hand RCB a thumping 67-run victory.
After RCB’s innings, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar joked on Star Sports about the “plus point” he derives from Kohli’s current lean patch.
“The plus point for me is that all these runs are being kept for India,” he said with a chuckle.
“India’s got a busy season and all these runs are being kept for India,” he said, much to the amusement of presenter Neroli Meadows and co-commentator Matthew Hayden.
Earlier, he said that it was difficult to judge a player’s performance when he gets out first ball.
“I think when somebody gets out on the first ball, there’s very little to judge, because if a man has been batting for a while you can tell about the fact that his feet are not moving or concentration is not there, but first ball when you get out, there’s nothing you can really say,” Gavaskar said about Kohli’s dismissal.
With the win, RCB are fourth in the table with 14 points from 12 matches.