IND WI T20 Series: Great gesture by Rohit Sharma, Captain stands by Virat Kohli in his most difficult times, check details
IND vs WI LIVE – Rohit Stands for Kohli: India skipper Rohit Sharma is not at all worried about Virat Kohli’s LEAN…
IND vs WI LIVE – Rohit Stands for Kohli: India skipper Rohit Sharma is not at all worried about Virat Kohli’s LEAN PATCH. Contrary to various reports of rift between the two big-wigs of Indian cricket, Rohit has decided to stand by his former captain in his most difficult times. According to Rohit, team is not at all worried about Virat’s form & he don’t see anything wrong with him – Follow IND vs WI Series LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN
Virat was out for duck in 3rd ODI and could not score much in the entire series.
Sunil Gavaskar including various experts have shown concerns over Kohli’s form. But Rohit in a great gesture decide to stand by Kohli.
“Does Virat Kohli need confidence? What are you talking about? (chuckles) I think not scoring 100 is a different thing but he played a series in South Africa and scored two half-centuries in three matches. I don’t see anything wrong. And the team management is not at all worried about that,” said Rohit Sharma in the press conference.
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“What we were worried about was, you know, how we will be challenged in the middle overs and I thought our middle overs batting in this series was really good,” he added.
IND vs WI LIVE: Great gesture by Rohit Sharma, stands by Virat Kohli in his most difficult times, Gavaskar says ‘Kohli needs to knock Sachin Tendulkar’s door’
Contrary to Rohit, Gavaskar is concerned about Kohli’s lean patch. The Indian cricket legend feels Kohli should go to ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar to overcome his issue.
“I would ask him to go to Sachin Tendulkar. If it was me, I would ask him to be patient. The quality is always there. His feet are moving, his head position is fine. There is nothing wrong with his technique. It’s just his luck. Today, it was another unlucky dismissal because the first mistake he is making is where he is going out. Sometimes, you will need a little bit of luck,” Gavaskar told during commentary with Star Sports.
Kolhi could manage scores of 8, 18, and 0 in 3 ODI Games. According to team’s batting coach – like captain Rohit, he too is not at all concerned about Kohli’s form.
“There have been no specific conversations with him. I personally do not think Virat is going through a lean phase at least in this format, in T20Is and ODIs, he has done well for us lately. I understand he had a relatively poor series against the West Indies, but no conversations as such. He is batting well in the nets, we are happy with the kind of preparation he is putting in so no conversations, I am certain in one of the coming innings, he will bat well,” said Rathour while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.
Earlier, India defeated West Indies 3-0 in the three-match ODI series at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
“That is the focus, we are looking towards the T20 World Cup in Australia, once we have our team, till the time we have everyone available, it is hard to say what everyone’s role is going to be, but so far, that is the focus. We have started our preparation for Australia, I do not think we have any issues looking at the batting we have,” said Rathour.
Least runs for Virat Kohli in a bilateral ODI series at home/ away:
- 13 runs (3 inn) v Pakistan, 2012/13
- 26 runs (3 inn) v West Indies, 2021/22*
- 31 runs (2 inn) v SA, 2013/14 (Away)
- 40 runs (2 inn) v Australia, 2009/10
Rohit Stands for Kohli: Kohli had last scored a century in 2019 against Bangladesh in a day-night Test at the Eden Gardens and since then the batter has failed to reach 100 in any format.
In the West Indes series too, Kohli scored 26 runs and got out for a duck in the third ODI on Friday. But when skipper Rohit was asked about Kohli’s form, the opening batter said he is not worried about the form.
Rohit very pleased with Shreyas Iyer’s Show: Shreyas Iyer’s 80-run knock and a joint effort from the entire bowling unit, helped India defeat West Indies by 96 runs in the third and final ODI here at Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday.
Speaking about the middle order, Rohit lavished praise on India’s bench strength and said it’s a good headache to have stiff competition in the batting line-up.
“We’ve got a lot of candidates for that numbers and it’s a good headache to have and a good competition within themselves to come out and play and perform. If you see that’s probably why I mentioned about that middle order,” said Rohit.
“Everyone in the middle-order, whenever they got an opportunity to bat, they performed and they got the runs as well. And they batted in difficult situations as well.
“In the last two games, we were 40-3 odd and then we had to build the innings. In both games, we managed to do that so it’s a good sign moving forward,” he added.
India won the ODI series 3-0 against West Indies. Both the teams will now be facing each other for the T20I series in Kolkata, starting from February 16.