ENG vs IND: Rohit Sharma defends Virat Kohli’s slump in form, says former India captain did everything right

Virat Kohli has been going through a lean patch for quite some time. He managed to score 1 and 11 in his two outings against England in T20Is. He had scored only 31 runs across two innings during the Birmingham Test.

Former India captain Virat Kohli during a T20I match against England

Former India captain Virat Kohli during a T20I match against England. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli scored 1 and 11 in his two outings in T20Is vs England
  • India failed to secure a clean sweep over England in the T20I series
  • Suryakumar Yadav registered a century in 3rd T20I but it went in vain

India captain Rohit Sharma has come out in support of his predecessor Virat Kohli, defending the former captain’s poor outings with the bat against England.

Kohli, who has been enduring a slump in form, managed to score just 1 and 11 in the second and third T20I matches against the Three Lions. He also scored only 31 runs across two innings during the Birmingham Test last week, which India lost.

In spite of being criticised by former cricketers and fans, Rohit defended Kohli and said: “The T20Is that I’ve seen, especially when you’re chasing a squad like that and you come out and bat the way he did it, it shows the quality of a batsman.

“Honestly, we were three down and we wanted to dig in, get that partnership going and bat as long as possible. He pretty much did everything right today. Just slightly disappointed that it couldn’t be right till the end, but nothing taking away from that kind of knock.

“You don’t get to see that every now and then. So, we will take that with both hands as a team and I’m pretty sure about him as well. He’ll be very happy with how we responded to that situation where he went to bat in.”

India failed to secure a clean sweep over England in the third and final T20I at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Suryakumar Yadav registered a century but it went in vain as England grabbed a consolation win by 17 runs.

India’s next assignment is three ODIs against West Indies. The team will be led by Shikhar Dhawan as Rohit Sharma, along with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant, has been given a rest.

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