In IPL 2023, the match was played between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday. RCB had to face defeat by 7 wickets in this match. After the defeat of RCB, once again many questions have been raised on Virat Kohli’s slow batting. Virat Kohli played an inning of 55 runs in 46 balls in this match.
In formats like T20, once again the outcry has started regarding the diminishing role of his anchor. Virat scored 55 runs in this match, but RCB still lost the match. With the help of Phil Salt’s big half-century, Delhi won the match with 20 balls to spare.
RCB’s middle order has proved to be a complete failure this year and in such a situation, if Virat is batting till the end, then it can be considered correct. But even after settling in, he is not able to bat fast in the end overs. Due to which his team is losing 20 to 30 runs, which would have been a good score for his team at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
In this match played against Delhi, Kohli scored only 19 runs in the first 18 balls. This clearly shows that if the teams want to score well, then they will have to bat aggressively in the powerplay. In such a situation, the batsmen need to adopt an aggressive attitude to save the role of playing the anchor role.
Delhi head coach ‘Ricky Ponting’ had expressed doubts over the anchor role in T20s earlier this season. The former Australia captain had said that he believes that if you have an aggressive and powerful batsman, he can change his game to play the role of an anchor, but a batsman playing the role of an innings can hardly strike at a strike rate of 200. Will be able to score runs. If any player can do this this year, then it is Ajinkya Rahane and Ponting’s words seem to be coming true this year as well.
Ponting said that, “he felt the role of the anchor was diminishing. It depends on the batsman coming to the crease because sometimes you don’t get the start you want and you are forced to change your role.”