Pakistan captain Babar Azam tips Virat Kohli to regain form

India's generational talent Virat Kohli struggles for form continue after a disappointing England tour

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, July 15, 2022, 11:00 AM IST
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Babar Azam backed his Indian counterpart to regain the form that made him the best batsman in the world |

Kohli poor form with the bat continued as the right hander made just 16 in the second match, which India lost by 100 runs at Lord's. The generatinal talent and former India captain has now gone 77 consecutive international innings without reaching three figures, after scores of 1 and 11 in the T20I series and failures in the rescheduled fifth Test.

Kohli was also dropped for the upcoming West Indies tour while Jasprit Bumrah who after his heroics with ball in the first ODI helped him regain the no 1 spot in the bowling rankings and Yuzvendra Chahal were rested for the same tour.

With a T20 World Cup around the corner and World Test Championship points needed to keep up in a race for next year's final, Kohli's place in the team has been pondered by fans and former legends, though his Pakistani counterpart has extended his support via social media.

Few understand the difficulties of maintaining world-class form like Pakistan's skipper, who comparatively is in a purple patch at present.

Making international centuries in recent series against Australia and the West Indies, as well as a T20I half-century against Australia in Lahore last month, Babar is top of the list in the MRF Tyres ICC batting rankings for both ODI and T20Is, and fourth in Test cricket.

What troubling Kohli?

Kohli also found support from Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who stood up for his teammate ahead of the England ODIs.

“When someone is scoring consistently for so long, we can’t overlook his contribution if he is not scoring in one or two series or in one or two years.

"We know the importance of Virat Kohli. The experts have got all the right to talk about it but for us these things don’t matter,” he added.

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