Srinagar: Team India skipper Rohit Sharma has once again come out in support of star batsman Virat Kohli who is going through bad patch of form.
Virat Kohli after missing out first ODI, got out for 16 in the second ODI at Lords on Thursday.
With another low score, a journalist, during the post-match press conference asked Rohit Sharma about Kohli’s form but even before he could complete his question, he was interrupted by the India captain.
“Virat ke baare mein kaafi charcha ho rahi hai (A lot is being talked about Virat Kohli)…” before Rohit stopped him right there and said… “Kyu ho rahi hi yaar? Mujhe toh samajh mein nahi aata bhai. Khair, puuuchiye?” (Why is he being discussed? I don’t understand. Anyway, carry on).
The journalist asked whether a player of Kohli’s calibre, when going through a slump, needs reassurance from his coach, captain and the rest of the staff or is it better to leave him alone.
“He has played so many matches for so many years. He has been such a great batsman so he does not need reassurance. I think I said in the last press conference as well that form can go up and down. That is part and parcel of all the players’ career. This happens with everyone. So a player who has won so many matches, needs only 1 or 2 innings. This is what I believe and I am sure rest feel the same way,” Rohit said.
“People keep talking about his form but we should realise that performances can always fluctuate but the quality of a player will never deteriorate. The guy has scored so many centuries, you look at his average. So he has the experience. But every player has gone through bad matches. There is no player who has played and always scored runs. A slump is inevitable, even in personal life.”
Rohit Sharma had also backed Virat Kohli in the previous press conference , when asked about Kapil Deb’s view about Kohli.
“He is watching the game from outside and does not know what is happening inside. We have our thought process. We build our team and behind this, there is a lot of thinking. We back the boys and give them opportunities. So, these things you do not get to know from outside. So, whatever is happening outside is not important but what is happening inside is more important for us,” he had said.
Meanwhile Pakistan Cricket team captain Babar Azam has posted message in support of Virat Kohli.
“This too shall pass, stay strong #ViratKohli,” Babar Tweeted.