New Delhi. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said a big thing about former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli. Referring to the Indian Premier League, he said that if Kohli does not perform in the league, then he will also not be spared. Akhtar did not stop here, he even said that if Kohli’s poor performance continues, then he should drop RCB from the team.
Akhtar told Sportskeeda ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Delhi Capitals, “Performance is the biggest parameter in the Indian Premier League. In such a situation, Kohli, who is the highest run-scorer in IPL history, will also not be spared. Now people’s fingers have started pointing at Kohli and this is a dangerous thing. But I think he is a strong player and has the potential to make a comeback.”
Even Virat won’t be able to survive by performing poorly: Shoaib
The former Pakistan fast bowler further said, “IPL is a performance based franchise cricket model. No one can survive in this, not even Virat Kohli. If he doesn’t perform well, he may have to sit out too. He’s a good man, a great cricketer. But I want them to focus on one thing at a time.
‘I can’t say many things on TV’
When Akhtar was asked what is the reason why Kohli is not able to perform, he said, “There are many things which I cannot say on TV right now. At this time 10 thousand things will be running in Kohli’s mind. I would like to give them only one advice that they should focus on one task at a time. Stop thinking about everything and go out to bat considering yourself as a normal cricketer.
Kohli scored 107 runs in 5 matches
Let us tell you that Virat Kohli had left the captaincy of RCB before IPL 2022. He is playing as a batsman for the first time in the last 11 seasons. Now there is no pressure of captaincy on him. In such a situation, the veterans expected that Kohli would bat like 2016 in IPL 2022. But in this season he has not been able to play a big innings so far. Kohli has scored 107 runs in five innings at an average of 26.8.