Kane Williamson’s perfect change of field to fire Virat Kohli for golden duck

Virat Kohli was lulled into training away against an outgoing ball from Marco Jansen.

Virat Kohli’s poor form continued for the 2022 IPL with a second consecutive first-ball duck for the hitter Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday April 23.

The tall and former Indian RCB skipper has notoriously gone off the ball off the stump, a form of dismissal that has been frequent in his career whether fit or not.

The bowler involved was Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fast left arm Marco Jansen who rocked him in a flash from a full height delivery and extracted the outside edge straight into the hands of the second slide.

With another duck first-ball, Virat Kohli’s dismal season with the bat continued in RCB colours, achieved in this case by flawless execution by Jansen and planning by SRH skipper Kane Williamson.

Attracted by Williamson’s plan, Virat Kohli hits the road again

Seeing Virat Kohli walk to the crease, SRH captain Williamson immediately filled the slip line with a second defender alongside the wicketkeeper. In the end, the ball went straight to the second slip off the outside edge of Kohli’s bat.

Seemingly wary of the ball coming into him from the corner of the wicket for the quick left arm, with his weight constantly pushed forward, Kohli came out slashing one outside once again against a ball outside the impressive Jansen.

Not at all settled at the crease, the right-hander opted for an ill-advised flash outside the stump and paid the ultimate price, continuing his poor form in the tournament.

It was another failure for Virat Kohli in IPL 2022, where he now stands with just 116 points from his first seven innings, averaging a horrific 19.83 with a strike rate of 123.96.

Apart from his 41 in the first match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and a 48 against Mumbai Indians (MI), the 33-year-old has scored 12, 5, 1, 12, 0 and 0 in the tournament so far.

Since the start of IPL 2020, the right-hander is averaging 30.93 with a horrible 120.73 strike rate in RCB colours.

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