Virat Kohli Is Looking For International Runs But He has Still Backed Up Indian Team’s New Philosophy
Virat Kohli has been struggling for form in recent times and has gone more than two years without a hundred on the international stage. Despite his ongoing struggles on the field, the Indian team management has continued to back the former India captain. According to former India player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, Virat has done well to adapt to the new philosophy that team India has adopted.
“They should celebrate because the class is back. Virat Kohli has had some first-hand experience of this new approach of India in T20 cricket in England. So he has embraced that, not with great success, but he has embraced that. You have got to give credit to Virat Kohli,” Manjrekar quoted while speaking to Sports18’s show ‘Sports Over the Top’.
Virat last scored an international hundred in November 2019 against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Since that ton, he has gone almost 1000 days without a hundred and has been seen desperate to score that ton. Manjrekar analyzed Virat’s recent performance and highlighted why he got out in desperation.
“He didn’t care about whether he was getting runs or whether he was getting out because he desperately needed runs in England and he is looking for international runs but he still sort of backed up the Indian team’s new philosophy. He was trying to hit boundaries from ball number one,” he added.
Virat was rested for the West Indies tour as he opted to stay away from cricket for a while. He was seen with his wife Anushka and his daughter in Paris. He was also rested for the home T20 series against South Africa and the Ireland T20 series. Virat’s timeout from cricket was due to the hectic cricket schedule coupled with the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The former India captain will be back for the Asia Cup, while he also was missing from the Zimbabwe tour. By the time, Virat returns to the international fold on August 28 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, he will have surpassed 1000 days without an international hundred. He currently resides with 70 tons to his name, one less than Ricky Ponting at second and 30 short of all-time record holder Sachin Tendulkar.