Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has thrown his weight behind out-of-form batter Virat Kohli. He said that despite the lack of runs from Kohli’s blade, it is still a bit too early to worry about his place in the T20 World Cup squad. While admitting that Kohli has been struggling, Gavaskar pointed out that the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma and some others have also failed to deliver in recent times.
Australia spin legend Shane Warne passed away on Friday at the age of 52 of a suspected heart attack. According to media reports, the former Australian cricketer was at a villa in Thailand at the time of his death.
Former captain Virat Kohli is all set to become the 12th Indian to play 100 Test matches for his country. The 33-year-old will achieve the feat when India face Sri Lanka in the 1st Test of the two-match series, starting in Mohali on Friday. It will be Kohli’s first Test since he relinquished captaincy in the format following India’s Test series defeat in South Africa. Ahead of the special Test, Kohli opened up on various aspects of his Test career in an interview with bcci.tv.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra has opined that ex-skipper Virat Kohli is playing risky cricket, which is one of the reasons why he has not been able to overcome his poor form. After failing to register a decent score in any of the three ODI matches against West Indies, Kohli was dismissed for 17 in the 1st T20I as well on Wednesday.
Team India’s white-ball captain Rohit Sharma has backed his predecessor Virat Kohli to the hilt over the latter’s dry run in the one-day series against West Indies. Ahead of the T20I series, which begins on Wednesday, Rohit was asked about Kohli’s struggles with the willow.
Australian legend Ricky Ponting has revealed that he was rather surprised with Virat Kohli’s decision to quit Test captaincy. Ponting stated that he had a chat with Kohli during IPL 2021 and while he had discussed stepping down from white-ball formats, he was quite keen about carrying on as Test leader. Kohli quit as Test captain following India’s 1-2 loss to the Proteas in South Africa.
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has heaped high praise on Virat Kohli, whose stint as India’s captain ended following the team’s 1-2 loss to South Africa in the Test series. Chappell described Kohli as an exception as captain, who had a lot of energy as leader and yet did not let his enthusiasm cloud his job. The Aussie legend also opined that Kohli built on the legacy of Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni and has taken Indian cricket to greater heights.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons that Virat Kohli is definitely feeling the pressure of all that he has gone through over the last few months. Kohli resigned from T20 and Test captaincy and, in between, he was sacked as ODI captain as the BCCI wanted only one captain for white-ball cricket. As a result, for the first time after many years, he stepped on to the field as a pure batter. According to Harbhajan, the controversy surrounding him and BCCI as well as his form definitely seems to have impacted him.
It has been a little over 24 hours since Virat Kohli shocked the entire cricket fraternity by announcing his decision to step down as the test skipper of the Indian cricket team. Still, reactions from past and present cricketers keep pouring in, both congratulating him for a successful tenure as well as expressing their surprise over the bolt from blue they received on a fine Saturday evening. And why not, we are talking about one of the finest ever captains in the longest format.