“Every single great of our game has been through what Virat is going through”: Kevin Pietersen

Highlights

  • On Saturday, Kohli got out to Marco Jansen
  • Kohli is average 17 in IPL 2022
  • Pietersen said every great player goes though a rough phase

Virat Kohli scored a golden duck for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday (SRH).

Kevin Pietersen, a former England cricketer, has hit back at those who have slammed Virat Kohli for his poor form in international cricket. Kohli has been a ghost of his former self of late, scoring only 119 runs at an average of 17 and a strike rate of 122.68 in eight matches in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Aside from his 41* and 48 against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Mumbai Indians (MI), the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain has struggled to deliver. In fact, the IPL’s all-time leading run-scorer has now collected two golden ducks in a row, illustrating his current struggles.

Kohli was dismissed by left-arm pacer Marco Jansen during RCB’s match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, April 23. Aiden Markram grabbed a straightforward catch at second slip after Kohli pushed at a bowling outside the off-stump.

Pietersen backs Kohli

Pietersen, who once played for the IPL’s Challengers, endorsed Kohli, stating that every great player goes through adversity. The veteran also believes Kohli, who was born in Delhi, will make a comeback sooner rather than later.

Pietersen tweeted, “You want a fact? Every single great of our game has been through what Virat is going through. Want another fact? They all get through it and deliver on the big stage again…”

Kohli is the only hitter to score over 6000 runs in the T20 tournament’s history. Along with Jos Buttler, he is one of just two hitters in IPL history to score three or more hundreds in a single season. Kohli has 6402 runs at an average of 129.80 in 215 matches, with five centuries and 42 half-centuries.