‘Rohit Sharma faces more trouble against them. Virat Kohli isn’t alone’ | Cricket

There are increasing concerns about Team India batsman Virat Kohli’s form. The former India captain has been going through a rough patch for the past few months; He scored 341 runs in 16 matches in the 2022 Indian Premier League and failed to cross the 20-run mark in six innings across all formats during the recently concluded England tour. While he recorded scores of 11 and 20 in the rescheduled fifth Test, Kohli scored 1 and 11 in the two T20Is and followed up with another streak of low scores (16 and 17) in the ODI series.

While many have criticized Kohli’s poor form, he has also received massive support from the cricket fraternity. Pakistan captain Babar Azam, England white-ball captain Jos Buttler and former England captain Kevin Pietersen are some of the brothers who have expressed their support for Kohli amid his bad patch. On Tuesday, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt also came out in support of the 33-year-old India batsman, urging people to support him instead of highlighting his failures “again and again”.

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“Babar Azam also wants to see him score runs. Virat Kohli is a great player, no doubt about it. Any player can have bad patches, sometimes they can move on out of frustration. People stop trusting you. But then, the big players always come back,” Butt said on his official YouTube channel.

“When he was enjoying a good run for many years, people were saying, ‘This guy can never get out of form’. So, it’s part of being human. Instead of saying ‘he’s failed’ over and over again, he should be supported. It’s a game of cricket at the end of the day.

Butt made a strong comment in fan comments on his channel that Kohli would struggle against left-arm bowling.

Who doesn’t have a problem against left-arm pacers? Rohit Sharma is facing more difficulties against him. In this series, Reese Topley struck out all of his batters. In South Africa, Marco Janssen did the same. Mohammad Amir gave him trouble. Shaheen performed brilliantly in T20 World Cup against India. Butt said left-handers have a more difficult angle compared to right-handers.

So Kohli is not alone. Other batters have similar problems.

Virat Kohli has been rested for the upcoming West Indies tour and is expected to return to the team in late August. Meanwhile, Rohit will lead the team in the five-match T20I series against the West Indies.

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