Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli’s form has become the talk of the town in the cricketing world. He has been going through a prolonged lean patch in his career, for the last two years. His consistent failures have drawn a lot of criticism from fans and experts. Some former cricketers, including Kapil Dev, have raised questions over Kohli’s place in the Indian team in the T20 format. However, Pakistan Babar Azam has rallied behind the veteran batter.
Virat Kohli missed the first ODI against England due to a groin injury. He returned back the team for the second match and replaced Shreyas Iyer in the XI. However, Kohli could manage to score just 16 runs off the 25 balls that he faced. So far, the former Indian skipper has not played a single impactful inning on the England tour this year. He scored his last international century back in 2019 against Bangladesh at home.
Amidst all the criticism Virat Kohli has been facing, Babar Azam has shed some support for the Indian cricketer. Taking to Twitter, Babar Azam shared a picture with Virat Kohli and urged him to stay strong during these tough times. He wrote, “This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli.”
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) July 14, 2022
Babar Azam’s tweet for Virat Kohli won hearts on social media. Fans and former cricketers lauded the Pakistan skipper for supporting Kohli, despite the rivalry between the two countries.
Let’s take a look at how Twitter reacted to Babar Azam’s tweet for Virat Kohli:
But you will be remembered for this.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 15, 2022
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 14, 2022
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) July 15, 2022
Class act Babar 👏 https://t.co/GfaAGXwTIu
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 15, 2022
Legend! Love this 👏🏿
— Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) July 14, 2022
Two Superstar in one frame. ♥️
— Avinash Aryan (@AvinashArya09) July 14, 2022
King Recognizes King 👑
Goat Recognizes Goat 🐐
Game Recognizes Game 🎯
Legend Recognizes Legend 🙌🏻
— Team Babar Azam (@Team_BabarAzam) July 14, 2022
— Vijay Lokapally 🇮🇳 (@vijaylokapally) July 15, 2022
My man just keeps on offering reasons after reasons to love him. This tweet will bring millions on same page regardless of hate. Lots of love, Babar❤️
We literally want Kohli to make strong comeback. Time isn't with him but yes this too shall pass.#BabarAzam #ViratKohli https://t.co/qmrdwQJfl0
— Amit (@Amity4116) July 15, 2022
So sweet. So beautiful. Love this. https://t.co/LlQnMuXJZS
— Kaushik Raj (@kaushikrj6) July 14, 2022
Virat Kohli is one of the best payers: Babar Azam
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam spoke about his tweet supporting Virat Kohli, as the latter battles with poor form. He expressed that he knows that a player needs support when going through a tough phase. Babar also termed Virat Kohli as “one of the best” in the business.
“As a player myself, I know you can go through such a phase (out of form) and I also know what a player goes through in such a phase. In those times, you need support. I just tweeted thinking that it will give just some support. He is one of the best players,” Babar said during a press conference ahead of Pakistan’s first Test against Sri Lanka.