Virat Kohli has faced immense criticism from the cricketing fraternity including fans, ex-players, and the media as the former number 1 batter is going through the worst lean patch of his career. Virat Kohli has not scored an international century since November 2019. While he had scored a lot of half-centuries and made important contributions throughout 2021, his form has declined majorly this year and that is what has led to all this talk around him.
Wasim Akram criticises the press for unnecessarily having a go at Virat Kohli
A lot has been written about him in the media and there has been a growing concern among Indian fans about Kohli’s effectiveness as a batter. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has put things into perspective and called out those who have been critical of Kohli’s recent performances.
“Whatever I am seeing since last year from Indian fans, against Virat Kohli, most of them fans, press maybe, having a go at Virat Kohli unnecessarily.
“He is just 33, he is one of the greatest of all time of modern-era. He is averaging 50 in all the formats, including T20, he is averaging 50. He is still fit as a fiddle, he is still one of the best fielders India has got,” Akram said during a media interaction organised by Star Sports Network ahead of the Asia Cup, where India and Pakistan are slated to meet on August 28.
Akram went on to say that he would love to see Kohli come back to form but hoped that it doesn’t happen in the match against Pakistan.
“Form is temporary, class is forever and that is what Virat Kohli is. I am sure he will come back, he is a great player. I just hope that he does not come back against Pakistan,” Akram said.
Virat Kohli will be making a comeback in the Asia Cup. India’s first game will be against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sundar, 28 August at the Dubai international stadium.
- Wasim Akram comes in support of Virat Kohli.
- Kohli has been going through a rough patch and is getting targeted by a section of the cricket fraternity.