Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes the so-called ‘Fab Four’ in Test cricket has reduced to a ‘Fab Three’, considering Virat Kohli and potential contender David Warner’s poor numbers since 2020. Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson are termed the ‘Fab Four’ for their stunning record in Test cricket. While the other three have performed consistently over the last few years, Kohli failed to leave a mark.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson were a sure shot ‘Fab Four’ at one point. In fact, even David Warner’s name was present in that list. We are talking about Test cricket. We are talking about the period between 2014 and 2019. But we don’t have a ‘Fab Four’ now, only a ‘Fab Three’.”
He continued: “If we talk about Virat Kohli’s performances between 2014 and 2019, he played 62 matches and scored 5695 runs at an average of 58.71 with the help of 22 centuries. Kohli was unstoppable. There was a home season where he scored four double centuries. He was absolutely brilliant.”
Aakash Chopra highlighted that Warner was not too far behind the ‘Fab Four’ between 2014 and 2019 where he smashed 5196 runs in 57 matches which came at an average of 50.94 in that period. he also highlighted that Kohli’s numbers have gone down drastically since the beginning of 2020 as well.
“Virat Kohli’s numbers have plummeted. He has played 25 matches – 1277 runs, which does not suit him. He has an average of 29.69 and he has scored just one century overall, which came against Australia on the Ahmedabad ground. David Warner – 23 matches, 1250 runs, an average of 32.89. He has two centuries in that, including a big one. I feel at this point in time, as things stand now, Warner and Kohli are not part of the ‘Fab Four’,” Aakash Chopra concluded.