Virat Kohli could not score any century in the Test series against England. With this, his drought of century in international cricket became much longer. However, former Indian captain Kapil Dev has supported Kohli. He has said that Kohli will break many records in international cricket with his bat.
Whenever Kohli takes to the field, his fans expect big scores. The Indian captain’s bat, however, has been in turmoil for quite some time. He is not able to play according to his image and people’s expectations. Many experts believe that perhaps the pressure of captaincy is taking a toll on Kohli.
India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev does not agree with this. He said that if this was the case then Kohli would not have scored so many runs as a captain. As captain, Kohli has scored more than 5500 runs in 65 Test matches. This includes 20 centuries and 17 half-centuries. In ODIs, Kohli has scored 21 centuries and 27 half-centuries as a captain.
Kapil said, ‘For all these years when he was scoring runs, no one said that captaincy is affecting his batting. Now why all of a sudden these questions have arisen. People are starting to give their opinion. There are ups and downs in the life of any player. When he scored those double hundreds and so many hundreds, there was no pressure, was there? This means that the captain should not be discussed. Apart from this, their capabilities should be discussed.
Kapil said that once Kohli regains his momentum, he will start scoring big scores again. Kohli’s highest score in Test cricket is 254 runs but Kapil feels that Kohli can score a triple century in Test cricket.
Kapil said, ‘The graph has undoubtedly gone up and down, but for how long will this happen? The age of 28 to 32 is such when your career flourishes. He is now experienced and mature. If he returns to his old form, then Virat will not only hit a century or a double century, but he will also play an innings of 300 runs. He is more mature now and fitness is not a problem when it comes to Kohli. He just needs to identify himself and score big.