Indian team Captain Virat Kohli has set an example for other cricketers with his exemplary performance. But the first two games of the IPL saw Kohli score just 14 runs against SRH & 1 against KXIP. This has outraged Kohli’s fans but Coach Rajkumar Sharma feels that it’s just a part of a sportsman’s life.
Speaking to media, Kohli’s Childhood Coach said that the benchmark that the Indian Captain has set is the reason why fans have lost patience so quickly & want to see the batsman score runs every single time he comes on field.
“It is just a part and parcel of a sportsman’s life. You have good days and you have bad days on the pitch. It is just that Kohli has set such a benchmark that people forget he is only human and not a machine. You are bound to have off days and there is nothing wrong with it. People will ask if there is some technical issue or a mindset issue, but I will again say that it is a part of the game”.
“You cannot succeed every time you walk onto the pitch. Kohli’s fans have been so used to seeing him perform consistently that even one bad innings makes them sad,” Rajkumar pointed.
The last game played saw Kohli miss a couple of matches which resulted KXIP captain KL Rahul score a century. Rajkumar said, “Firstly, like I said before, these things happen. Anybody can miss a catch or two. Even Jonty Rhodes missed a catch here and there. Javed Miandad was considered a great fielder and if you go back and look, he also did slip once or twice.
“So, this has nothing to do with patience or the urge to set the tone after the resumption of cricket. It is just a bad day on the field which can happen to even the best. He has played enough cricket to come back strongly and lead from the front”.
RCB didn’t have a good match against KXIP on Thursday as they lost 97 runs at the Dubai cricket Stadium. Kohli accepted that it was a bad day for him & the entire team which resulted in their defeat. “Yeah it didn’t (go well). I think we were good in the middle phase with the ball, they got off to a decent start and we pulled things back nicely. I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it, not the best day in the office, a couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage,” he had said in the post-match presentation ceremony.