Babar, the captain of Virat’s bitter rival Pakistan team, stood by him despite the criticism. At 12:29 IST, the Pakistani captain tweeted.
The in-form Indian batsman Virat Kohli has received backing from Pakistani captain Babar Azam. Babar predicts that Kohli will regain his form shortly. In the second ODI after the T20 series against England, Kohli similarly came up short. In 25 balls, he could only manage 16 runs. Following this, he received harsh criticism from both cricket professionals and numerous cricket fans.
Babar, the captain of Virat’s bitter rival Pakistan team, stood by him despite the criticism. At 12:29 IST, the Pakistani captain tweeted. “This period too shall pass, keep courage,” Babar wrote. His tweet is highly popular, and people are complimenting him. Virat, according to Babar, will make a powerful comeback and disprove the doubters.
Virat was indeed out after hitting 16 runs in the second One Day International against England that was played at Lord’s on Thursday, July 15. He hit three fours in 25 balls faced. People believed that Kohli’s day had finally come after seeing the images of him, but that was not the case. On a David Willey delivery, Jos Buttler, the wicketkeeper, successfully caught Virat.
Opportunity in Manchester for Kohli
Kohli had already faced England in two T20Is at Trent Bridge and Birmingham, but had failed to make a significant impact either time. He had added 11 more runs. On Sunday, July 17, Old Trafford in Manchester will host the third and final ODI of the ODI series. In Manchester, Virat will have a chance to shine.
What transpired at the Lord’s game?
Team India continued their outstanding bowling performance from the first ODI, as they cleaned out England for 110 runs. Rohit Sharma selected to bowl after deciding to bat. In 49 overs, England’s entire team was reduced to 246 runs. For him, Moeen Ali scored 47 runs. For India, Chahal grabbed four wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya both claimed two wickets. Mohammed Shami and the well-known Krishna each experienced one success.
The batsman sabotaged the bowlers’ good work. In 38.5 overs, Team India was reduced to 146 runs. Six batsmen were unable to reach double figures. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja each scored 29 runs. Mohammed Shami scored 23 runs, and Suryakumar Yadav scored 27. After getting 16 runs, Virat Kohli was dismissed. Yuzvendra Chahal scored three, Jasprit Bumrah two not out, and Shikhar Dhawan nine runs. Famous Krishna, Rishabh Pant, and Rohit Sharma were unable to open the account. For England, Reece Topley claimed six wickets for 24 runs.
Virat Kohli, the former captain of India, has been supported by Pakistan captain Babar Azam to end his protracted slump with the bat after the former captain was once more out cheaply in the second ODI against England at Lord’s.
India suffered a 100-run defeat at the hands of the hosts after Kohli was dismissed for 16 off 25 deliveries.
While Kohli had a strong start with the bat, smashing three boundaries, he was quickly bowled out by David Wiley after getting an outside edge on England skipper Jos Buttler.
Babar, the captain of Pakistan, sent a message to support Kohli.
The 27-year-old superstar batter remarked on Twitter, “This will also pass. Be persistent.”
Babar backed Kohli after the current Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, backed the late captain.
“You need one or two innings to recover for someone who has won so many games for India. That’s how I feel, and I’m certain that everyone who watches cricket feels the same way “At the Thursday press conference following the game, Rohit stated.
Rohit continued, “A cricketer of Kohli’s calibre does not require any assurance from anyone.” “He has participated in so many games over so much time. He bats so beautifully.”
Buttler, the captain of England, offered support for Kohli as well, stating that it is crucial to remember that the former is “human” and can post a few poor scores before regaining his form.
However, Kohli has been one of the finest players in ODI cricket worldwide, if not the best. “I suppose in a little sense it is pretty refreshing for the rest of us that he (Kohli) is human and he can have a few of poor scores as well,” added Buttler.
So, he has been a fantastic player for so many years, and it just goes to show that all batters go through slumps where they do not perform as well as they do occasionally, but as the captain of the opposing team, you know a player of that calibre is always due, so you hope it does not come against us, Buttler said.
In seven ODI matches this year, Kohli has only managed to hit 158 runs, including only two fifties. The 33-year-old is still ranked third in the ICC ODI rankings, after Imam ul Haq and Babar of Pakistan.