Former Royal Challenger Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli‘s long run of poor batting form in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League continued when he fell for 20 against Punjab Kings on Friday. He has scored only 236 runs with one half-century in 12 games this season and has three golden ducks.

Speaking about how Kohli is dealing with his poor form, RCB captain Faf du Plessis said that the 33-year-old is looking at the lighter side of things as to how he is getting dismissed in all possible ways.

“He (Kohli) is seeing the lighter side of it, every single way that you can possibly get out, is happening to him. That’s how the game works. All you can do is to keep trying hard, work hard and stay positive. He played some good shots tonight, obviously would want him to carry on. Bad patches happen to all of us, he’s taken it in the right note,” Faf du Plessis said after the match against Punjab. 

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Kohli fell to the pace of Kagiso Rabada on Friday after he was caught at short fine leg. The on-field umpire gave not out, but Punjab reviewed and the video showed the ball kissed the gloves. Punjab eventually won the game by 54 runs. 

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The RCB squad plans to take a few days off before its final league game on May 19 and as of now, even a win might not ensure a passage into the playoffs. 

“Will take a day off and then see how we can switch on for a game that’s a must-win one for us. One more net session isn’t going to make you a better player, it’s about making yourselves stronger in the mind. If we play to our potential, we are a very strong side. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that tonight,” Faf du Plessis said.