Rohit Sharma backs Virat Kohli to rediscover form as India take on Windies in T20Is

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Kolkata, Febuary 15: As India take on the West Indies in the three-match T20I series in Kolkata from February 16, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma believes it is only a matter of time before Virat Kohli rediscovers his scoring touch.

Ahead of the start of the T20I series against West Indies, much of the discourse around the Indian team has revolved around the form of former captain Virat Kohli. It has been over two years since Kohli has hit a century in international cricket with his last three-figure score coming at the same venue against Bangladesh in 2019. His lean patch continued in the ODI series against the visitors as he looked far from his sublime self.

But skipper Rohit Sharma has backed Kohli to rediscover his mojo, claiming all the chatter in the media is not helping his cause. Rohit said in his pre-match press conference: “If you guys can keep quiet for a while, I think he’ll be alright. We don’t need to do too much talking from your side, then everything will be taken care of. He is in a great mental space from whatever I see of him.”

“He has been part of this international team for more than a decade. If someone has spent that much time in international cricket, they know how to handle the pressure situations, the environment, everything. It all starts from you guys. If you guys can keep it quiet for a bit, then everything will fall into place.”

Apart from Kohli’s form, the Indian side will be quietly confident from the ODI leg of the series to continue their form. There will be some changes in the ODI set-up, where the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Harshal Patel and Venkatesh Iyer could slot in. Bhuvneshwar Kumar could also return to add some experience to the bowling unit. Washington Sundar though has been ruled out after suffering a hamstring muscle strain.

For the visitors, the first concern will be the fitness of their skipper Kieron Pollard. The experienced all-rounder missed the final two ODIs with a niggle and West Indies will hope that he can make a comeback to add some firepower in their batting unit.

After their brilliant series victory against England at home, the visitors though will be much more confident of putting up a better fight in the T20Is and do have some dangerous players in their ranks to challenge the hosts.

Courtesy ICC

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