Kohli will turn form around: Du Plessis


Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis is confident Virat Kohli will overcome his IPL bat-ting slump.

Kohli took his Indian Premier League tally this season to just 128 runs from nine matches after scoring a scratchy nine in the defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday following two golden ducks. Moved up to open the batting, Kohli was inches away from failing to score for a third match in a row with a shot that fell just short of a fielder. The former India captain remained jittery and lasted only 10 balls before an attempted pull shot off Prasidh Krishna was edged on to his helmet to give a catch at cover point.

“Great players go through things like this and great characters have to find a way to get through it,” Du Plessis said after his team fell 29 runs short of a modest target of 145. Our thinking was to get him into the game straight away so he does not sit on the side and think too much about the game.

“He is a fantastic cricketer, so we still back him that he will turn it around and it’s just the case of getting a good start.” Kohli, —AFP



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