Indian skipper Virat Kohli makes batting look really easy even on a bowling-friendly wicket, but the fans waiting for Kohli to get to the three-figure mark in international cricket for almost two years.
As people were linking Kohli’s batting failures to his captaincy believing that the pressure of captaining the team is affecting his batting, India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev dismissed all such doubts backing the current Indian captain to get the big runs like he used to in the past.
“For all these years, when he was scoring runs, no one said anything about captaincy affecting Virat’s batting and now suddenly, there are opinions when there’s been a little up and down in his graph. When he scored those double centuries and so many hundreds, wasn’t there pressure then? It means that his captaincy should not be the focus. Instead, look at his ability,” the former India all-rounder said on the show Uncut.
While all the fans are eager to see their favorite batsman getting centuries like he used to, the 62-year-old former cricketer feels Kohli will not only get the big hundreds but will also breach his highest score of 254* in the Test arena.
“The graph has surely gone up and down but for how long? Age 28 to 32 is the time when you really blossom. He is now experienced and mature. If he returns to his old form, Virat will not only score a century or doubleton; he will give you 300,” the right-hand batsman said.
“He is so much mature now and there is no shortage of fitness when it comes to Kohli. He just needs to identify himself and look to score big,” Kapil Dev concluded.
Kohli, who failed to get going in the recently concluded Test series against hosts England, will now be playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the second-leg of IPL 2021 ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman.