‘Disappointed’ Virat Kohli gets batting tips from Brian Lara

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Disappointed with back-to-back flop innings and a poor performance during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), India’s former captain Virat Kohli received batting tips from West Indies’ legendary former player Brian Lara.

After being dismissed for the second time in a row on the Golden Duck, Virat Kohli on Saturday approached Brian Lara, batting coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad and sought batting tips at the stadium.

He told Lara about the difficulties he was facing during the IPL. Meanwhile, Lara gave his tips and suggestions to overcome the issues.

Virat Kohli has not smashed even a single half-century during the ongoing IPL.

Virat Kohli’s mis-erable IPL continued on Saturday when he was dis-missed for a second successive golden duck as his Royal Challengers Bangalore were skittled for just 68 by Sunrisers Hyderabad who strolled to a nine-wicket win.

Kohli, who also fell to a first-ball duck against Lucknow Super Giants on Tuesday, came to the crease in the second over after South African pace bowler Marco Jansen bowled Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis for five.

Kohli pushed hard at a ball angled across him by the left-arm quick, and edged to Aiden Markram at second slip, who pouched a comfortable catch.

Kohli, the standard bearer for Indian cricket, has now scored just 119 runs from eight matches. Three balls later, the same Jansen-Markram combination accounted for opener Anuj Rawat to leave Bangalore reeling at 8-3. Jansen finished with 3-25 from his four overs.

Bangalore were unable to recover and kept losing wickets to go down to the lowest total of this season in 16.1 overs. It was the sixth lowest total ever in the IPL.

Only Glenn Maxwell (12) and Suyash Prab-hudessai (15) got into double figures. Earlier, India former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and other cricketers suggested Kohli take a break from the game.—AFP

 

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