India’s limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma has backed former skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the T20I series against the West Indies, starting from February 16. Kohli had a horrendous ODI series with the bat as he could only manage 26 runs in three games with a duck in the last game. This was his second-worst series with the bat in a three-match series.
The worst ever series the right-hander had was against Pakistan in 2012-13 when he could only muster 13 runs with one duck. That series was dominated by the bowlers with only the then India skipper MS Dhoni batted at an average of 203 and Nasir Jamshed batted at 120.50. The next best average was Mohammad Hafeez (32.33). Meanwhile, Sharma has said that the 33-year-old is in a good space and knows how to handle pressure,
“I think it all starts with you guys (the media). If talking from your side stops, everything will be taken care of.
“He is in a very good space from what I can see and he has been part of the international team for more than a decade. He has spent so much time in international cricket that he knows how to handle pressure situations. So I think everything starts from you guys. If you guys can keep it quiet for a bit everything will fall in place,” Rohit said.
If Virat Kohli is in of confidence, then who in the team is confidence: Rohit Sharma
The 34-year-old added a player of Virat Kohli’s stature doesn’t need confidence from others. He further spoke about the two fifties Kohli got against South Africa in ODIs.
“Does Virat Kohli need more confidence? (laughs),” Rohit told reporters. “If Kohli is in need of confidence, then who in the team is confident? I know he has not scored a hundred for long but he is getting fifties. Even in South Africa, he hit 2 fifties in 3 matches.”