Gambhir, who reckoned that Virat can be a very dangerous player in T20s if he plays freely, said that the likes of Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya are more than capable of handling the pressure.
Captain Virat Kohli had a forgettable outing in the first game as he managed a 5-ball duck, his 3rd in his last five international innings.
“I believe this format is such, it will allow him to play freely. He’s got a Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya, who can take the pressure off him,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports network.
With Virat Kohli having not scored an international hundred since November 2019, there has been a lot of debate around his form.
Gautam Gambhir, however, disagrees with people who are saying that Virat is undergoing a lean patch.
The former opener said that Kohli has scored half-centuries against Australia and England on some pretty difficult tracks but given the fact that he has set such high standards for himself to go along with Indian fans’ obsession for hundreds, people assume that he is out of form.
“You’ve got to remember that India have played Test cricket on difficult wickets. Apart from Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, none of the other batsmen could score consistently in the Tests. And Kohli obviously sets such high standards for himself that we talk about form when he doesn’t score hundreds,” said Gautam Gambhir.
“He has been scoring fifties. He scored a fifty in Adelaide and also got two fifties against England. Yes, he didn’t get a hundred and perhaps that’s why there’s a lot of debate going around. India is obsessed with hundreds,” Gambhir added.