Ponting on Kohli’s Knock: 46 balls… 55 runs, why are questions being raised on Virat Kohli’s ‘anchor’ innings?


Virat shared an 82-run partnership with Duplesey for the first wicket.
Kohli played an innings of 55 off 46 balls which included 5 fours.

New Delhi. Virat Kohli played a half-century in the 50th match of IPL against Delhi Capitals. Despite this, Royal Challengers Bangalore (Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore) had to face defeat in this match. Kohli added 82 runs for the first wicket with captain Faf Duplesey. Questions are being raised on this ‘anchor’ innings of Kohli. With Virat Kohli’s innings of 55 runs in 46 balls, the debate has started again regarding the diminishing role of anchor batsmen in T20 format.

Despite this innings of Kohli, the team of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had to face defeat by 7 wickets in this match. Delhi won the match with 20 balls remaining with the help of Phil Salt’s big half-century innings. RCB’s middle order is not performing well and in such a situation Kohli’s attitude of staying till the end can be considered correct but it cost his team at least 20 runs which would have been victorious for his team at Feroz Shah Kotla. The score could have been Kohli scored only 19 runs in the first 18 balls.

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Ponting has expressed doubt on the role of anchor
It is clear from this that if the teams have to make a good score in the power play, then they will have to bat aggressively. In such a situation, the role of the batsmen who lead the innings becomes secondary. Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting has expressed doubts over the role of anchor in T20 earlier this season.

Ponting said this about Rahane
This former Australia captain had said, ‘I believe that if you have aggressive and powerful batsmen, they can change their game to play the role of anchor, but the batsman playing the role of innings hardly has a strike rate of 200. Will be able to score runs from If any player can do this this year then it is Ajinkya Rahane.

‘Decreasing role of anchor’
Delhi Capitals registered their fourth win this season by defeating RCB. Delhi is at number 9 in the points table with 8 points. According to Ponting, ‘ I think the role of anchor is decreasing. It depends on the batsman coming to the crease because sometimes you don’t get the start you want and in such a situation you are forced to change your role.

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