Kohli has only managed a fifty in 13 innings this season and has scored three ducks despite playing with newfound freedom after relinquishing the Bangalore captaincy last year.
Against the Punjab Kings on Friday he failed to capitalize on another strong start and was sent off for 20, but the 33-year-old still seemed to enjoy the team’s support.
“It’s not a technical thing,” Hesson said after Bangalore lost the game by 54 points.
“He seemed in very good contact today. He was unhappy. I thought we were going to see something special. Virat is as frustrated as anyone, but we know the epic is coming. We have a huge game coming up, so there’s no reason it can’t be in a few days.”
Bangalore, currently fourth in the points standings, will wrap up their group campaign against Gujarat titans on Thursday.
Hesson expected Kohli to succeed in what could be a must-win clash for a Bangalore side chasing their maiden IPL title.
“He looked in good contact, he was aggressive and he does everything outside the park to make sure he prepares well. I thought today was going to be his day but again… “former New Zealand coach said Hesson.
Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis said Kohli himself was confident of regaining his form soon.
“Sometimes when you’re under pressure, the game finds ways to keep you under pressure,” du Plessis said.
“Difficult passages are difficult for all of us, but he’s in good spirits. He also thinks it’s around the corner.”
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