Advice From AB de Villiers to Virat Kohli on Regaining Old Form in the IPL 2022. Talking about Virat Kohli’s lean patch with the bat this season, former RCB batter AB de Villiers had a word of advice.
Virat Kohli, the former captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, has struggled for runs this season in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Kohli has mostly been out of form this season, with the exception of his fifty against Gujarat Titans (GT) and a masterful 48-run knock against Mumbai Indians (MI) earlier in the tournament. In IPL 2022, the right-handed batter has scored 186 runs in 10 matches at a below-par average of 20.67. According to the statistics, former RCB batter AB de Villiers gave Kohli some advice while speaking to AFP.
De Villiers, also known as ‘Mr 360’ for his strokeplay and ‘Superman’ for his astonishingly agile fielding, believes he was fortunate not to have had many bad runs with the bat during his career. He does, however, sympathize with his close friend, Indian superstar Virat Kohli, with whom he played at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
“Need A Clear Mind..” Advice From AB de Villiers to Virat Kohli
Before hitting 58 on Saturday, “King Kohli” had been through a rough patch that included two consecutive golden ducks. In addition, he has failed to score a century in over 100 matches across all formats.
“As a batsman, you’re only one or two bad knocks away from being out of form,” de Villiers said.
“It’s difficult to recover from if it keeps coming at you.”
De Villiers says he hasn’t spoken to Kohli, but that the battle is primarily one of the mind. “I can’t put a percentage on it, but the main battle is the mind and the power of the mind,” he said.
“It takes time to develop into a bad player. Virat and I are both aware of it. I believe it is due to the way you think and set your mind. When you play, you must have a clear mind and fresh energy in order to find a way out of a hole.”
While de Villiers made a lot of money in T20 cricket, he is a staunch supporter of the Test game. Between 2004 and 2018, he scored 8,765 runs for South Africa in 114 Tests, averaging just over 50.
“Test cricket is my favorite format,” he says. “I believe most players feel this way. Nothing beats standing out in the elements for five days with your team.
“It is the ultimate challenge. I do not know why anyone would say they do not want that challenge in the hardest of formats.
“I will stop watching cricket if Test cricket were to be no more.”