ENG vs IND | India captain Rohit Sharma defends Virat Kohli after Lord’s failure: He does not need reassurance

India captain Rohit Sharma has once again defended Virat Kohli, saying that he doesn’t need any reassurance after the star batter’s recent failure at Lord’s.

Kohli has been enduring a poor run in international cricket and has failed to make much of an impact in the ongoing tour of England. The 33-year-old failed to make an impact in the rearranged Test and T20I series.

Kohli missed the first match of the ODI series due to an injury and his return to the playing lineup ended on a sour note on Thursday.

The former Indian captain was dismissed for just 16 runs in 25 balls as he knicked one to Jos Buttler off the bowling of David Willey. India ultimately ended up losing the match by 100 runs as Reece Topley put in a Man Of The Match performance and bagged six wickets for just 24 runs.

At the post-match media briefing, Sharma was asked if Kohli needed the support of the team during this difficult phase. The Indian captain said that he felt there was no need for a debate in the first place and said Kohli doesn’t need any reassurances.

“He [Kohli] has played so many matches. He is playing from so many years. He is such a great batsman, so he does not need reassurance.”

“I pointed this in my last press conference, too: form goes up and down, that is part and parcel of any cricketer’s career. So, a player like him, who has played for so many years, who has made so many runs, who has won so many matches, for him, he only needs one or two good innings (to bounce back). That is my thinking and I am sure all those who follow cricket will think similarly,” said Sharma.

While the Indian skipper admitted that Kohli is going through a slump at the moment, Sharma said that the star batter has the backing of the team management.

“We do have chats about about this topic, but we should also understand and think when we talk about such things. We have seen performance of all players goes up and down, but the quality of the player never gets worse. That we all should keep in mind. That is very important. He has made so many runs, check his average, how many hundreds he has made, he has (vast) experience of doing that. There is a slump in every player’s life. Even in the personal life it comes,” said Sharma.

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