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RCB's poor run will not affect Kohli at World Cup: Ferguson

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Royal Challengers Bangalore's poor IPL run is in no way a reflection of Virat Kohli's acumen, who will come good for at the upcoming World Cup, feels and speedster

Kohli has scored 278 runs from eight matches at an average of 34.75 but RCB have suffered seven defeats in eight matches to be all but out of contention for a playoff berth.

"He's (Kohli) an international superstar. I think playing for RCB is a lot of different than playing for India," Ferguson, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders, told in an interview here.

"It's a completely different competition, different team, different formats. I wouldn't look into too much how he's been going in. Personally he's been scoring runs," he reasoned.

On Friday, RCB will take on KKR, who are also smarting from three successive losses.

"In T20, potentially Kohli hasn't got the wins that he would have liked in at the start of the competition. But that's not to say that he's going to go badly at the World Cup," said Ferguson, who had dismissed Kohli with a short ball in their first ODI in Napier earlier this year.

The Auckland-born pacer also rated Indian left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan highly.

"He came to to play some T20s. Once again, a very He's doing very well here in the IPL (for Capitals)."

begins May 30 in the UK and Ferguson named and hosts England as firm favourites to win the tournament before quickly adding as the "dark horses".

"and England are going to be serious contenders but I think are the ones to look out for and perhaps the Black Caps too," he said.

"have been playing some exceptional The West Indians in the IPL have been doing really well too. But one day is a lot different than T20.

"have pretty impressive history at the World Cup," he said about the last edition's runners-up.

Ferguson was roped in by KKR ahead of the 12th season to replace and as their pace spearhead.

The 27-year-old, who has played five matches for KKR, said he's gaining a lot from his IPL experience.

Asked if in the net sessions, he bowls to big-hitting teammate Andre Russell, who has been in devastating form this season, Ferguson said: "I haven't bowled to him yet. He's often been bowling when I'm bowling at the nets. He hits the ball pretty well.

There has been a lot of talks about with taking place just after the IPL. Ferguson felt T20 is not too demanding physically.

"...T20s is not probably the most toiling on the body compared to ODIs," said Ferguson, who had a during the 2012-13 domestic season.

"It's the travelling part that actually takes quite a bit of a toll. For me personally playing games, getting experience and game time is only going to help me. By no reason it's a toll. I think it will help going forward into "

Ferguson first played in the IPL for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017. He had an impressive dot-ball percentage of 66.67 and an overall economy rate of 7.15.

But Ferguson said he's not afraid of getting hit.

"As fast bowlers, it's tough to bowl at the death particulary at small grounds and good wickets but at the same time getting them out at crucial times makes it even more exciting and enjoyable," he signed off.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 16:30 IST