"Great Players Go Through Phases Like This": Faf du Plessis On Virat Kohli

By H.JanGra April  27, 2022

Batting stalwart Virat Kohli has been horribly out of form in this Indian Premier League (IPL) season but he got the backing of his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis

who on Tuesday said "great players go through phases like this". Kohli was promoted to the top of the order against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday after scoring back-to-back ducks

but that move also did not yield the desired result as the former India captain was out for nine. RCB lost the match by 29 runs.

"We tried changing the batting line-up today and we feel that they can try playing positively," du Plessis said when asked about a struggling Kohli being sent to bat as an opener along with him.

"(Kohli) Can't go into a shell. Great players go through phases like this and we wanted to get him in the game straightaway so that he doesn't sit in the sidelines. It's a game of confidence."

Kohli, who hasn't scored a hundred in any format for more than three years now, had got out to first ball ducks in successive games

Du Plessis, however, admitted that his top-order batters are lacking in consistency and his side will haver to fix the problem sooner than later.

"The top order is a trick we need to fix. You need someone in the top four to bat through and we haven't done that consistently," he said.

Kohli's last international ton came way back in 2019 against Bangladesh in a day-night Test and ever since then, the three-figure mark has eluded him.