IPL 2022 | Watch: Sanjay Ganger hugs dejected Virat Kohli after 3rd golden duck of the season
Sanjay Bangar is the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangar, a former India player, consoled Kohli as the dejected batter entered the dressing room
Kohli on Sunday fell for a golden duck for the third time in IPL 2022
It seems there is no end to Virat Kohli’s horrific form. On Sunday, the cricketer bagged his third golden duck in IPL 2022 when he was removed by left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith in the very first ball of Royal Challengers Bangalores’ match against SunRisers Hyderabad.
As RCB opted to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium, Kohli was undone by Suchith in the first ball that the batter faced as an opener. Kohli tried to flick the ball over the short midwicket but it turned out to be a cheap dismissal as SRH captain Kane Williamson grabbed an easy catch. As Kohli fell for his sixth golden duck in the IPL, the cricketer wears a wry smile as his struggle for runs gets longer. He put his hand on his head in utter disappointment. Kohli scored 216 runs from 12 matches at a dismal average of 19.64.
Interestingly, Kohli got out for golden duck only thrice between 2008 and 2021 in IPL. And in 2022 alone he was removed for three golden ducks.
A dejected Kohli climbed the stairs to the dressing room keeping his head down. As he entered the dressing room, he had a brief chat with head coach Sanjay Bangar. Following the conversation, the latter went closer to Kohli and consoled him by patting his back.
Kohli, who is the leading run-scorer in IPL, got out for a duck thrice this season and two of them came against SunRisers Hyderabad.
He first fell for a golden duck in IPL 2022 against Lucknow Super Giants at the DY Patil Stadium off the bowling of Dushmantha Chameera. His second golden duck came against SunRisers Hyderabad’s Marco Jansen at the Brabourne Stadium.
Now his third came against SRH at the Wankhede Stadium. The bowler was Jagadeesa Suchith. This was also the eighth time Kohli has been dismissed for less than 13 in IPL 2022.