India’s World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev has said that he is pained to see a player of Virat Kohli’s class go through a lean patch for so long.
It is bothering me: Kapil Dev assesses Virat Kohli’s dip in form (Reuters Photo)
- Kapil Dev said that he is ‘pained’ by Virat Kohli’s hundred drought
- Kohli has been going through one of his leanest patches in competitive cricket
- Kohli will return to action for India’s tour of England in July
Former India captain Kapil Dev said that he is pained to see a player of Virat Kohli’s class go this long without scoring an international hundred. Kapil further added that, as a former player, he has the right to question a player’s performance if it is not up to the mark. Kohli has also been under the scanner, having not scored an international century since India’s Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in 2019.
“It pains me to see such a big player go through such a long gap (with regards to a century). He is like a hero to us. We never thought we would witness a player whom we could compare to Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar , Sunil Gavaskar, or Virender Sehwag. But then they came, and forced us to compare, and now, since he hasn’t for the last two years, it is bothering me and all of us,” Kapil said while speaking on Uncut.
Kohli has been going through one of his leanest patches in competitive cricket. Plenty was expected from Kohli after the former captain headed into IPL 2022 after relinquishing the captaincy. However, Kohli struggled for any kind of rhythm, managing 341 runs in 16 matches at an average of less than 23.
Kohli was rested for the recently-concluded 5-match T20I series against South Africa at home along with Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Kohli will return to action for India’s tour of England in July.
“I haven’t played cricket as much as Virat Kohli. But sometimes you may not have played enough cricket, but you can look to figure things out. Either that, or we just can not criticize such great players. We have played cricket and we understand the game, and after that, they have to improve their thought process, not ours. If you prove us wrong, we will like it. If you don’t score runs, we feel there is some fault. thing, and that’s your performance. And if the performance is not there, don’t expect people to stay quiet. Your bat and your performance should speak, nothing else,” Kapil added.