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Virat Kohli will have 400-500 runs by the end of IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar is confident that Kohli, who had amassed a record 973 runs in the 2016 season, may have had a quiet start but he will make up for the lack of runs towards the end of the tournament.

Dubai September 29, 2020 UPDATED: September 29, 2020 13:26 IST

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli’s form in IPL 2020 has come under the scanner after 3 failures
  • Virat Kohli has registered scores of 14, 1, and 3 in IPL 2020 so far
  • Kohli holds the record for the most runs in a single IPL season – 973 runs in 2016

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday backed Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli to get at least 400-500 runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Kohli led RCB to a Super Over win against Mumbai Indians in Match 10 but only contributed 3 runs in a tie which saw 402 runs being scored by both teams in 40 overs. RCB in fact has managed 2 wins out of 3 so far this season with Kohli scoring 14, 1, and 3 in those games.

Gavaskar however, is confident that Kohli, who had amassed a record 973 runs in the 2016 season, may have had a quiet start but he will make up for the lack of runs towards the end of the tournament.

“He’s a class act everybody knows that. So what if he’s had 3 quiet matches, he’s the kind of batsman who will make up for it towards the end.

“He may have started slowly but by the time the tournament ends, he will have 400-500 runs which is what he gets every year. There was that one year when he got almost 1000 runs (in 2016) and hundreds as well (4).

“He may not get 900 runs (in IPL 2020) because the first 3 matches have been quiet but 500 runs totally, they are all written there,” Gavaskar said on air after RCB’s match against MI.

The legendary cricketer’s comments come just days after Gavaskar got embroiled in a controversy involving Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma.

Gavaskar was trolled left, right and center for his comments on-air during RCB’s last match against Kings XI Punjab, when he said, “ab jo lockdown tha toh unhone Sirf Anushka Ke Saath bowling ki practice ki hai, usse toh Kuch bhi nahi banana”.

Virushka fans immediately started slamming Gavaskar on social media and even Anushka came up with a statement slamming the 71-year-old cricketer-turned-broadcaster on Instagram.

Speaking to India Today on Friday, Gavaskar responded to Anushka Sharma’s Instagram post. The former India captain asserted that he had not blamed Anushka and there was no sexist tone to his comment as well.

“Firstly, I would like to say it again. Where am I blaming her? I am not blaming her. I am only saying that the video said that she was bowling to Virat. Virat has played only that bowling during the lockdown period. It’s a tennis ball, a fun game that people have to pass time during the lockdown. That’s all. Where am I blaming her for Virat’s failures?” Gavaskar said.

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