Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism after India’s loss in the first T20I against England. his recent batting form has been a cause of concern as well. He already has three ducks in international cricket this year. He has been scoring fifties but has not scored an international century for more than a year now. Meanwhile, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has targeted his recent string of low scores.
During the first T20I against England, it was the first time Virat Kohli registered back-to-back ducks in 13 years as an international cricketer. Meanwhile, Gambhir has said that he has been scoring important fifties as the Indian fans are waiting for his elusive hundred.
“I believe this format is such, it will allow him to play freely. He’s got a Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who can take the pressure off him. You’ve got to remember that India have played Test cricket on difficult wickets. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, none of the other batsmen could score consistently in the Tests,” he said on Star Sports network.
India Is Obsessed With Hundreds: Gautam Gambhir
“He has been scoring fifties. He scored a fifty in Adelaide and also got two fifties against England. Yes, he didn’t get a hundred and perhaps that’s why there’s a lot of debate going around. India is obsessed with hundreds” Gambhir further added.
Virat Kohli has 43 tons in ODIs, second-most in world cricket. In 91 Tests, the 32-year-old has 27 centuries. He clearly mentioned at the post-match presentation that Indian batsmen lacked execution in the first game and there was no lack of intent. Going forward, he said that India will keep playing with the same intent in the T20I series as India just have five games to experiment and find the best possible combination for the upcoming World T20.
Experiments To Continue: Virat Kohli
“On your day you will probably much more for the team. At the end of the day you have to keep true to your intent and plan as a batsman, understand sometimes the bowling team will come out and execute their plans better. For me it is about going out there and trying to be positive as I can” said Kohli about his gameplan for the series.
Shreyas Iyer who top-scored for Team India in the first game also echoed the same sentiments as Kohli when asked about India’s batting approach in the first game.