Ex-manager wants team management to support struggling India superstar

By on July 17, 2022 0

The former India coach supported Virat Kohli to find his lost touch soon.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli is struggling with form these days.
  • His last century in international cricket dates back to November 2019.
  • Virat will miss India’s upcoming West Indies tour.
Former India skipper Virat Kohli has been struggling with his form for some time now. The 33-year-old hasn’t been able to replicate the same success with the bat for the past two and a half years. His last hundred international cricket matches date back to November 2019. And it has now been more than 31 months since he reached the milestone. Amid his struggling form, many former greats and pundits have questioned his place in the Indian squad. But a former India coach has come to Virat’s rescue saying it’s too early to question his position. He backed him up to regain his lost touch ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“It is too early to question Virat Kohli’s place in the playing XI as we have plenty of time before the T20 World Cup starts. He is fighting his own fight and the team management should not pay attention to criticism and believe in his process to get back into shape,” said former coach Saba Karim Jagran TV.

“Kohli is such a great player. He has set such high standards with his previous performances that anything less than that will raise questions. “It’s not. He analyzes his game and make efforts to regain his form. The team management must support him in every way,” he added.

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Recently, former India skipper and all-round star Kapil Dev had questioned Virat’s place in the squad saying if Ashwin can be dropped from the test squad then why not Virat. However, Virat has received support from his captain, Rohit Sharma, who believes he will soon regain lost ground.
Virat is part of the ongoing ODI series against England, the final of which is due to take place at Old Trafford on Sunday July 17. As part of the preparation for this year’s T20 World Cup, India will travel to the West Indies to compete in three ODIs and five T20Is after the English series. But Virat will not be part of the squad as he has been rested for the upcoming mission. The rest could be a breath of fresh air for Kohli, but the former Indian stumper said he thinks Kohli should play more cricket to rediscover his lost mojo.
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“I think it’s best for him to play more and more cricket so that he can regain his form. Management and managers should also focus and support his process to get back to his form and give him more chances. “, said Karim.

“I don’t think criticism affects the team negatively. The team has good chemistry. Whenever you ask Rohit about Virat’s form, his answer is always positive. Even Rahul Dravid seems positive when it comes to the form of Kohli.”