Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are going through a tough time. While the former hasn’t scored a ton since November 2019, the latter couldn’t reach half a century in 14 successive appearances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Now both senior Indian strikers are expected to do well perform in the upcoming Tour of England, starting with a test match in Birmingham from July 1. It is a rescheduled test match that will decide the fate of the unfinished series between India and England which was halted in 2021 due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Before the series, captain Kapil Dev, winner of the 1983 World Cup, gave his opinion on the form of the two players.
During a chat on a YouTube channel, Dev was told by the presenter that many people were telling him not to analyze Kohli’s form since he hadn’t played cricket.
To which, Dev replied, “Even I haven’t played cricket as much as Virat Kohli. Then we can never criticize those players because we haven’t played cricket much. That’s wrong. We played cricket and we understand the game. And after understanding the game, I think somewhere or the other they need to correct their own thought process, not ours.
“If you prove us wrong, we’ll be happy. If you don’t score, we think there’s something wrong somewhere. Maybe there’s too much cricket. S’ there’s too much cricket, talk to yourself and if there’s too much less cricket, then talk to yourself as well,” Kapil Dev added on the Uncut YouTube channel.
“We only see one thing and that’s your performance. And if the performance isn’t there, how many people can you stop talking? It’s not possible. Your bat and your performance have to talk, nothing else.”
Asked about Kohli’s century-old drought, Kapil Dev said: “I also ask for the same thing: such a great player and such a big gap. It bothers me too because he is like a hero for us. We had the We used to think that we can never find a player to compare to Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag. But Kohli forced us to compare him with them. But the last two years he hasn’t. Therefore , I’m disturbed. I think mentally he needs to improve his cricket.”
Kapil Dev also talked about Rohit not getting half a century in the IPL. “The player is brilliant. But if you don’t score fifty in 14 matches, there will be question marks. Whether it’s Gary Sobers, or Don Bradman, or Sachin, or Virat Kohli or Vivian Richards or Sunil Gavaskar. If a great player like him, doesn’t score points in so many matches that there will be question marks Only Rohit Sharma can answer what is going on with him Players like him and Virat Kohli should enjoy the game . “
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