‘Virat Kohli doesn’t think enough about boundaries’: Vaughan finds missing element | Cricket
Virat Kohli is setting the IPL on fire once again. 333 runs in eight matches including five half-centuries, Kohli Currently second in the Orange Cap list IPL 2023, For someone who struggled big time and got out badly last year, this season has been a renaissance for Kohli. The former RCB skipper has set the record straight and is just 8 runs short of his season tally last year in just over half the matches. With at least 6 more matches to go, Kohli looks set for a great end to the season although the 973-hander still looks a huge mountain to climb. Also, Kohli has captained RCB in their last three matches replacing the injured Faf du Plessis and has displayed shades of old as both batsman and leader.
However, former England captain Michael Vaughan found Kohli lacking in batting despite his blistering form. He believes that while Kohli has been nothing short of sensational this year, for some reason, the RCB star batsman has held himself back when it comes to playing a bit more aggressive cricket after the powerplay ends. Vaughan’s comments come after RCB’s 21-run defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders saw Kohli anchor the course of his innings instead of maintaining the same pace.
“Let me tell you I wouldn’t mind seeing Virat against spin. A lot of teams are going to bowl spin against Virat because his strike rate falls apart. I think it’s around 107 against spin , so most teams are going to bowl against spin.” Virat Kohli. He is going to hit the boundary for three and he is going to knock it in. I would like him to dance down and wipe one out of the ground. I think he is so good that he can hit sixes. Vaughan said on Cricbuzz, his mindset in T20 cricket after the six, the powerplay is to be around till the 18th over. I don’t think he is thinking enough about boundaries. ,
As IPL 2023 has proved, Kohli goes after the bowlers inside the powerplay but then plays himself as the innings reaches its middle stage. This could be due to a number of reasons – their batting being aggressive, or RCB losing too many wickets, like the case against KKR. With RCB losing wickets in clusters, Kohli had no option but to take the game deep into the mammoth chase of 201. Despite this, however, Vaughan feels Kohli has the ability to hit sixes, which should allow him to cut loose.
“He doesn’t hit behind square; he goes with the pull shot over backward square leg that we saw in the powerplay. But once those 6 overs are over and he pats them down the leg side, he Rarely does he look like hitting boundaries and I think he can. He has the game, the power and the timing and says ‘okay, I want a six’ he needs to bring that up for the RCB team, especially The conditions he saw yesterday because you can’t just rely on cameos from that middle order. You have to continue with that first six mindset. I’d like to see him take a few more risks,” the former England captain Said.