Virat Kohli’s form has been the talk of the town since 2019 as he failed to register a century for India across all three formats. Despite such off-form, he is still getting into playing XI, and that raised questions from many former cricketers like Kapil Dev. Now, former Australia legend, Ricky Pointing opened up on Kohli’s for ahead of the T20 World Cup.
He came up with huge support for him as he believed that he needs to be included in the upcoming World Cup squad for India. He also shared that it is just a matter of time for Kohli to get back in form and score a lot of runs for his country again.
“It’s only a matter of time before Virat does that,” – Ricky Ponting
Speaking to Sanjan Ganeshan on the review show of the Governing body of Cricket, Ricky Pointing said that India needs to stick with Kohli for the upcoming World Cup later this year in Australia. He said: “I think if I was an opposition captain or an opposition player, I will be fearing playing an Indian team that has Virat Kohli in it, more than I would be one that doesn’t have him in it. I know there have been some challenges for him, it’s been a difficult time.”
He also added that fans need to wait for a bit before he flicks the switch and starts scoring runs again. “But every great player that I have seen in this game has been through it at some stage, whether that’s a batsman or a bowler, they have all been through it. And somehow, the best (players) find a way to rebound and respond, and it’s only a matter of time before Virat does that,” Ricky Pointing said.
“If you leave Virat out of the eve of the World Cup, and someone comes in and has a reasonable tournament, it will be hard for Virat to get back in it. If I was India, I will keep pushing with him, because I know the upside. If they actually get him back confident and playing as well as he can, that upside is better than most. So I think if I was a captain or a coach around the Indian set-up, I will be making life as easy as possible for him to feel as comfortable as possible, and just wait for him to flick the switch and start scoring runs again,” Pointing concluded.