India captain Virat Kohli has been going through a rough patch in recent times. While he used to score centuries with ease, now he can be seen struggling to do so for almost two years. Meanwhile, Kohli’s lack of hundred left people thinking about his captaincy, where many started believing that the pressure of leading the team is somehow affecting his batting as well.
However, former India captain Kapil Dev has a different thought as he said that had it been the case, Kohli wouldn’t be able to score those runs which he did as captain earlier. As captain, Kohli has scored more than 5500 runs in 65 Tests with 20 centuries and 17 fifties, while in ODIs, he has hit 21 centuries and 27 half-centuries, amassing almost 5500 runs from 95 matches as well.
“For all these years, when he was scoring runs, no one said anything about captaincy affecting Virat’s batting and now suddenly, there are opinions when there’s been a little up and down in his graph. When he scored those double centuries and so many hundreds, wasn’t there pressure then? It means that his captaincy should not be the focus. Instead, look at his ability,” Kapil Dev said on the show Uncut.
Kapil Dev also backed Virat Kohli’s form and explained that once he returns to his old form, then he will smash big centuries. Kohli’s highest score in Tests is unbeaten 254 but the veteran feels that the India captain could breach a mark of scoring a triple-century as well.
“The graph has surely gone up and down but for how long? Age 28 to 32 is the time when you really blossom. He is now experienced and mature. If he returns to his old form, Virat will not only score a century or double ton; he will give you 300. He is so much mature now and there is no shortage of fitness when it comes to Kohli. He just needs to identify himself and look to score big,” Kapil Dev concluded.