Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar didn’t understand the hatred Virat Kohli felt for his recent form.
A string of heated debates ensued over the former Indian skipper’s ill-fated return with the bat, with several even vouching for him to be dropped from the squad altogether.
The 33-year-old failed to convert one of his starts into a meaningful result despite a good touch.
Having completed just 59 rounds on the current Tour of England so far, Kohli is in dire need of a good score, especially with the looming competition for his 3rd spot in the shorter formats.
Akhtar dubbed Kohli the greatest player in the world in the past decade, saying on his YouTube channel:
“I hear a lot of criticism of Virat Kohli. People tell me that Kohli is over, he won’t be able to do anything anymore, and I tell them that Kohli is the greatest player in the world in the last 10 years. Now, in the last 1-2 years where he didn’t seem to be good enough, it’s not like he wasn’t making runs.”
While he continues to elude his 71st century, Kohli has been on the runs for most of the previous two calendar years. As of 2020, he has scored 21 fifties in international cricket.
“I don’t understand how people can even think of dropping kohli” – Shoaib Akhtar
Kohli’s recent poor results in England saw several fans and pundits vouch for the ace-batter should be dropped.
A section of people believe he should return to domestic cricket to find his form and some even want the Delhi-born cricketer to be left out of the T20 World Cup 2022 squad.
Among those vocal was world champion skipper Kapil Dev, who suggested Kohli be dropped from the T20I squad and the benchers take his place.
Speaking of the ongoing debate over Kohli’s status in the squad, Akhtar said:
“I don’t understand how people can even think of dropping Kohli. I respect Kapil Dev and it’s his opinion, he’s a legend so he can say it but nobody else can say it.”
“As a Pakistani, I support Kohli because it’s no small feat to score 70 hundreds, only a great player can do that.”
Kohli has been rested for India’s upcoming tour of the Caribbean, which begins July 22. Once he leaves England after the third ODI in Manchester, the 33-year-old is expected to be next on the field for the 2022 Asian Cup.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/news-in-last-1-2-years-apparently-good-enough-like-scored-runs-shoaib-akhtar-backs-virat-kohli-bounce-back-lean-patch?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “In the last 1-2 years, where apparently he has not been good enough, it is not like he has not scored runs”