Ricky Ponting Feels Virat Kohli Is A Champion And He Will Find A Way
By CricShots - Mar 6, 2023 1:49 pm
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The Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli has been a great ambassador of Test cricket, ye in the last of years he has witnessed a lot of ups and downs in the format with the bat. He hasn’t scored a Test fifty in about 15 Test innings and that has raised questions about his place in the XI. Legends like Matthew Hayden and Mark Waugh have given their verdict on Kohli’s century drought in the format, but their compatriot Ricky Ponting had an interesting point of view. 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was visibly disappointed with his dismissal

Ponting has been one of the ardent supporters of Kohli even through a rough patch in his career when he failed to reach a century across formats. “Champion players always find a way” – Ponting had repeatedly said in previous interviews and Kohli did find a way to return.

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During a recent chat on the ICC Review, Ricky Ponting explained how difficult it has been for batters to play in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series with the turn and bounce the pitches have offered and hence refrained from commenting on Kohli’s form in the contest.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Explaining the same, Ricky Ponting said, “I am not looking at anybody’s form in the series because for batters it has been an absolute nightmare. Australia has done a remarkable job by turning around those first two Test matches and coming back to win the third. We all know batting has been so incredibly difficult. And it is because of the uneven bounce which makes you lose trust in the wicket and if that happens you are guessing all the time which makes batting really difficult.”

The former Aussie skipper however came in support of India’s modern-era great to bounce back in red-ball cricket.

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Elaborating the same, Ricky Ponting said, “For Kohli, I have said that over and over, champion players always find a way. He might be in a bit of a drought at the moment and might be not scoring runs which we all expect him to score but he is a realist as well. When you are a batsman and you are struggling and not scoring runs, you are pretty aware of that yourself. I am not concerned about this because I am confident he will bounce back.”