Former India captain Kapil Dev has weighed in on Virat Kohli’s meager patch and said that as a former player he has the right to question a player’s performance if it is not up to par. Kapil has expressed his views on Kohli’s struggle, which has also earned him flak for his comments in the past. But the former Indian all-rounder has maintained that if players are not scoring or performing at the level expected of them, there is only so much they can do to keep others quiet.
“I haven’t played cricket as much as Virat Kohli. But sometimes you may not have played enough cricket, but you can try and figure things out. Either, or we just can’t criticize such great players. We’ve played cricket and we understand game and after that they have to improve their thinking process not ours If you prove us wrong we will like it If you do not score points we feel there is a mistake We only see one thing and that is your performance. And if the performance isn’t there, don’t expect people to stay silent. Your bat and your performance should speak, nothing else,” Kapil said on Uncut.
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Furthermore, Kapil added that it pains him to see a player of Kohli’s class go so long without a century. The last time Kohli scored an international century was in November 2019 – over two years ago and lately his form with the bat has also been unreliable. With a big question mark over the lack of runs from the former India captain, Kapil believes it is starting to become a major concern for Indian cricket and its fans alike.
“It pains me to see such a great player go through this long gap (relating to a century). He is like a hero to us. We never thought we would see a player who can compare to Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag. But then they came and forced us to compare and now that he hasn’t done that for the past two years, it’s bothering me and all of us,” Kapil noted.
After a quiet IPL 2022, Kohli was equipped for the home T20I series against South Africa, which ended in a 2-2 draw. After a short break, Kohli will return to professional cricket as India face England in last year’s rescheduled fifth Test in Edgbaston, starting July 1. He is also expected to be present in the three-day exhibition game against Leicestershire which starts on Thursday.