Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has thrown his weight behind Team India skipper Virat Kohli amid the latter’s poor run of form. Gambhir said even though Virat hasn’t made an international century in a while, he has notched up crucial half-centuries.
Gambhir also observed that the unremitting scrutiny on Virat Kohli stems from the country’s ‘obsession’ with centuries. The 32-year-old hasn’t scored an international hundred since November 2019. In the first T20I against England, he recorded a 5-ball duck, which was his third duck in his last 5 outings.
Gautam Gambhir, during an interaction on Star Sports, highlighted Virat Kohli’s gritty 74 against Australia in Adelaide and two fifties in the recently concluded Test series against England. He added that any talk of the Indian captain’s poor form is off the mark.
“You’ve got to remember that India have played Test cricket on difficult wickets. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, none of the other batsmen could score consistently in the Tests. And Kohli obviously sets such high standards for himself that we talk about form when he doesn’t score hundreds,” he said
“He has been scoring fifties. He scored a fifty in Adelaide and also got two fifties against England. Yes, he didn’t get a hundred and perhaps that’s why there’s a lot of debate going around. India are obsessed with hundreds,” the cricketer turned commentator added.
Gambhir further stated that Virat could play more freely in the remaining T20Is because he has dependable players around him. He said: “And I believe this format is such that it will allow him to play freely. He’s got a Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who can take the pressure off him,” he stated.