Michael Vaughan criticizes Virat Kohli’s boundary-hitting approach in IPL

Sanjay Bangar

RCB‘s stand-in captain Virat Kohli has been performing consistently in the ongoing IPL 2023 season, scoring 333 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 142.31. The team won two of their previous three matches under his leadership. However, former England captain Michael Vaughan analysed that Kohli is struggling against spin and not focusing enough on boundaries.

Despite scoring 54 runs off 37 deliveries in the match against KKR, RCB lost the game after Kohli got out. Vaughan advised Kohli to focus on hitting more boundaries, which is the ideal way to play in the shortest format of the game.

Vaughan said:

“I tell you what. I wouldn’t mind seeing Virat against spin. A lot of teams are going to bowl spin against Virat because his strike rate becomes different. I think it’s around 107 against spin so most teams are going to bowl spin against Virat Kohli. They are going to put three on the boundary and he is going to knock it into that.”

“I would love him to dance down and wipe one out of the ground. I just think he is that good that he can hit sixes. His mindset in t20 cricket after the six, powerplay is to almost be there till the 18th over. I don’t think he is thinking on boundaries enough. He’s still got to think boundaries in T20 cricket it’s very important,”

Vaughan further added.

I’d like to see him take a couple more risks: Vaughan

In addition, Michael Vaughan analysed Virat Kohli’s performance against KKR and suggested that since RCB’s middle order isn’t doing enough, Virat needs to take more risks and help the team to win by bringing his power and timing into play. He also mentioned that the team cannot rely solely on the middle-order cameos, and they must continue with the mentality of the first six.

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