Virat Kohli was quick to shed the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper’s avatar and enter the India captain mode as he got his arm around a dejected-looking Ishan Kishan and offered him words of consolation after Sunday (September 26) night’s IPL 2021 encounter against Mumbai Indians (MI).
Kishan, who has been struggling for runs in this year’s edition of the IPL, had the opposition leader coming up to him and trying to cheer up the mood of his young gun. The left-hander has struck only 107 runs from his eight innings of the IPL 2021 at an average of 13.37 and strike-rate of just 86.99.
A painstaking knock of 9 from 12 balls in MI’s defeat against RCB in Dubai was Kishan’s third straight failure of the UAE leg of the tournament after making 11 off 10 versus Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and 14 off 13 against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Virat Kohli tries to cheer up Ishan Kishan as he wears look of dejection
After the game, Ishan Kishan was evidently at despair about the current state of affairs with his batting, before Virat Kohli admirably got around him and had a comforting chat with the promising Indian youngster.
Renowned commentator Ian Bishop highlighted the moments beautifully when he mentioned on-air, “word of consolation from Virat Kohli to Ishan Kishan, who looks a broken young man at the moment, struggling to find form.”
I love this guy saw Ishan dissapointed, immediately had a word with him pic.twitter.com/QksKkUihDu
— 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒕 (@Kohliesque) September 26, 2021
Notably, Kishan is part of the Virat Kohli led Indian side that has been picked for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in Oman and UAE. Kohli would love to have the talented left-hand batter back in full form and rhythm ahead of the ICC event, starting October 17.
At his best, Kishan throws up great options for India, as they can slot him at the top of the order and also use him in the middle-order depending on the situations and the match-ups. Having picked him as the second wicketkeeper-batsman ahead of an extra middle-order specialist in Shreyas Iyer for that reason, India require Kishan to quickly regain his best touch.
Coming back to Virat Kohli, this is not the first time in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 that the great batsman and leader has had a word of healthy advice to share with an Indian youngster.
KKR’s promising opening batter Venkatesh Iyer was, before Kishan, at the receiving end of some guidance from the modern-day giant just after making an impressive IPL debut against RCB on last Monday (September 20) in Abu Dhabi.
In a clip that did the rounds over social media, Kohli was seen suggesting Iyer to adopt a forward press in his game as the youngster looked for answers for some chink in his armoury from the master batter himself.
Debutant Venkatesh Iyer speaking with Virat Kohli about playing bouncers. pic.twitter.com/pTtKtDQU8x
— daryl #PlayBold♥️ (@AsnadDq) September 20, 2021
“I got out because I predicted before that he might bowl back of a length,” Virat Kohli was heard saying in the video as he cited an example of one of his dismissals from the past while Iyer looked on keenly.
“If u press forward – you are in a good position to leave, to get under the ball, and a good position to rock up. The base has to be good,” the RCB and India skipper added.