Former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been going through a rough patch. He was not in his best form and many believe he can certainly take a break as it will help him to get back in form as well. And, former Australian speedster Brett Lee is one of them. Notably, he couldn’t score much in the match against Rajasthan Royals where they lost by seven wickets in the second qualifier in Ahmedabad on Friday as well.
“Do I say it is a concern, I do. I would like him (Kohli) to be scoring more runs of course,” Lee told PTI on Saturday when he was asked about Kohli’s lean patch.
However, Kohli has managed 341 runs in 16 IPL games at a below-par average of 22.73. In the ongoing IPL, he opened the RCB innings in most matches as well.
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“The hardest thing is when Virat Kohli doesn’t score runs, generally the team doesn’t do well. When we see Kohli had that purple patch, when he got 800-900 runs in that season (IPL 2016) his team (Royal Challengers Bangalore) fared pretty well. We want more from Kohli. A strong Kohli is a strong team. Unfortunately he missed out in the semis; he could not get his team to cross the line of his own bat, getting less than 10 runs. Maybe (it is) a chance for Kohli to go back and try work on a few things and maybe just have a rest from cricket. Just get away and just freshen up the mind,” further added Brett Lee.
Meanwhile, he was impressed with the young pacers like Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Kamran Malik, Mukesh Choudhary, Arshdeep Singh and to name a few as well.
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“When you look at the recent greats, it is hard to look past Virat Kohli,” Lee had said when asked who his favourite Test batter is in an interview with ICC. The two Khan boys (Mohsin and Avesh) have got real talent. The one thing that Indian cricket is producing is a nice catalogue of fast bowlers. I like that. They have got good spin options as well but certainly if you are looking forward to the T20 World Cup in Australia, you want guys that can bowl fast on the fast bouncy wickets. Look, he has been fantastic, what Umran Malik delivers is pure pace. I wish him well and I am hoping that he gets the opportunity to play the longer format of the game as well,” concluded Brett Lee.