Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop said that Virat Kohli has not been able to score runs fast in the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it is a matter of concern that different types of bowlers are getting him out. Kohli has scored 175 runs in this season so far with the help of just one half-century. During this his strike rate has been just 111.09. His innings of 30 runs in 33 balls against Chennai Super Kings was bowled by Moeen Ali. Bishop said he is concerned about Kohli’s struggle against spin, especially against off-spin.
Bishop told ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out program, “During the opening innings of 10-15 runs, he is not able to score runs with the ball and he is not even showing the will to do so.” He improved the strike rate by hitting a six in the previous match but then his run-scoring pace slowed down. It is not happening with Virat only in this season. The same was happening to him in the last season as well. This is worrisome.’
He said, ‘After playing so many deliveries in the beginning of the innings, if you are not able to score runs fast, then you have to stretch your innings. If you don’t play long innings, it will be a difficult situation for the team. He was dismissed by Roston Chase on West Indies’ tour of India (in February). We have seen him get out to the off-spinners in the last few Test matches. I am worried about this. I am also concerned about the fact that different types of bowlers are getting him out. He is not able to dominate the bowlers.