- Virat Kohli could not score any international century in the year 2021
- Kohli would like to break this drought in the Test match starting on Monday in Johannesburg
- In recent times, Kohli has also been in the headlines due to controversies with BCCI.
- Coach Rahul Dravid, however, praised Kohli’s spirit and dedication
Virat Kohli is in a strange position at the moment. He is India’s most successful Test captain but his personal performance is not very good. At one point of time he was scoring consecutive centuries and he was chasing Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 international hundreds very fast but that area is dry now. Two years is a very long time for any cricketer and when the No. 4 batsman does not score a century for that long, then it is a matter of fact even if you are Virat Kohli.
Now you also add to this the ongoing ‘dispute’ with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. First he left the captaincy of the T20 team and then after that he was removed from the captaincy of the ODI team. Chief selector Chetan Sharma detonated another bomb immediately after Team India’s spectacular victory in Centurion. He said the board had asked Kohli to consider his decision to step down from the captaincy of the T20 team. However, Kohli had said before the departure of the Indian team on the South Africa tour that nothing like this happened. Looking at this whole picture, one thing is clear that Kohli, who was the darling of the Indian cricket administration, has suddenly become such a king who has a crown of thorns on his head.
At such a time, if Virat Kohli needs such a player, then he can calm the situation. And in these circumstances, there can be no better person than Rahul Dravid. He can calm the atmosphere and guide Kohli on the right path on a career-setting tour.
Dravid said during the press conference before the second Test match of the series against South Africa, ‘I know that there is a lot of discussion about other issues. Even before this test, many things are happening. But to be honest, as far as the spirit of the team is concerned, it has not been difficult to retain it as the captain himself is leading it.
Before the South Africa tour, Kohli was removed from the captaincy of the ODI team. For the first time in his career, any authority has been taken from Kohli. For a person who has the habit of achieving everything in his professional life, it can be a big setback for him. But at least from the outside looks like he tackled it very well. Be it having fun with his fellow players or sweating profusely, Virat is giving his best.
Coach Dravid has also praised the way Kohli has performed on the tour so far. Dravid said, ‘Virat has been fantastic in the last 20 days of this tour. The way he is training and the way he is connecting with the team is amazing. The amount to be praised for this is less.
Virat Kohli (Photo-AP)