Ishant Sharma opens up on Virat Kohli’s importance to India in new WTC cycle
By SMCS - Jul 14, 2023 3:00 pm
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Veteran Indian pace bowler Ishant Sharma has said that Virat Kohli will himself need to score runs to make an impact for India in the new World Test Championship (WTC) cycle as well. Kohli has faced a poor run in the last few years, with his 186-run knock in Ahmedabad earlier this year being his only Test century for the last four years as well. However, he was unbeaten on 36 at Stumps on Day 2 of the first Test against the West Indies in Roseau on Thursday (July 13).

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored a boundary on his 81st ball

During a discussion on JioCinema, Ishant said: “The most important thing is that if you are a senior player, you will first have to score your own runs or else the juniors will also ask what is the point of you being a senior. However, I know that Virat Kohli will definitely score runs because of the mental frame he is in currently and the way he is batting. He knows how to groom youngsters because he has captained the Indian team for so many runs.”

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Ishant Sharma gave the example of Rishabh Pant to illustrate how Virat Kohli had groomed young players in the past: “When young boys came into our team, like Rishabh Pant or someone else, he never told them how to play in a particular situation. He always said that they should stick to their technique and should play the way they feel. If your captain backs you, it becomes a very important thing as a player.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

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Meanwhile, RP Singh also backed Ishant Sharma’s views about the importance of runs from Virat Kohli’s bat. “I totally agree with Ishant that his next three years are extremely important. He needs to score runs, not only for himself but also because a lot of youngsters are coming in and you are their role model,” he shared.