Australian opener David Warner lent his support to Indian batting skipper Virat Kohli as the latter is trying to counter his batting woes for a long period.
It’s been more than two years since Kohli scored an international hundred with his last one coming against Bangladesh in November 2019.
In the first Test against South Africa in Centurion, Kohli made scores of 35 & 18 in both innings, taking his tally to 536 runs from 19 innings at an average of 28.21 in the year 2021. His highest score of 72 came against England in the first Test in Chennai.
Virat Kohli’s batting woes continue to haunt him
In the first Test against South Africa, Kohli made 35 from 94 balls in the first innings before he threw his wicket while chasing a full-length delivery pitched outside off stump by Lungi Ngidi, that he poked towards Wiaan Mulder at first slip.
He got out in a similar manner in the second innings while trying to play a loose drive wide outside the off-stump against Marco Jansen, only to nick behind to Quinton de Kock.
We have to understand Virat Kohli’s situation too: David Warner
Warner, who has started his international career almost at the same time as Kohli, said that everyone should consider the circumstances under which Kohli is playing.
The Australian opener acknowledged that the Indian Test captain is going through a bad patch in terms of his batting form but also pointed out at his capability.
“We have to understand Kohli’s situation too. The guy has been playing under a bubble for a long time. He has just become a father and rarely gets to see his daughter and wife. All these factors affect the performance of the players. Even the best fail to cope up with tough situations sometimes,” Warner said on YouTube channel Revsportz.
“A lot of people talk about Virat Kohli’s form over the last couple of years. We’ve gone through a pandemic. He has just had a baby. We only see how well he has done. You are allowed to fail. You are allowed to fail, you earn the right to fail when you are so good at what you do,” he further added.
Kohli missed the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg as he sustained an upper back spasm. The Indian Test skipper will return for the series decider in Cape Town as confirmed by head coach Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul, who led India in Kohli’s absence in the second Test.
India will play against South Africa in the third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town, the match begins on January 11.