"Shocked By All This Talk": Former Pakistan Captain Comes To Virat Kohli's Defence
Virat Kohli struggled for runs during the Test series in New Zealand and found support from a surprise source.
- Virat Kohli was in poor form in the Test series against New Zealand
- Inzamam-ul-Haq said he was shocked that his technique is being questioned
- He said that every player faces a phase when things don't go their way
Virat Kohli had a torrid time in the just-concluded Test series in New Zealand. The Indian team, ranked number one in the world and the current table-toppers in the World Test Championship, faced the ignominy of being completely outplayed and outclassed by a rampant New Zealand side, who made most of their home conditions. The Indian captain, the No.2-ranked batsman in Tests, had an unusually lean series with the bat, managing scores of 2, 19, 3 and 14 at an average of 9.50. After his poor showing with the bat, Virat Kohli found support from an unlikely source -- former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq.
"In India, there has been a lot of talk about Virat Kohli because he hasn't done too well in his last 11-12 innings. Some people are talking about his technique. I am shocked by all this talk. One person has scored 70 centuries in international cricket and despite that people are questioning his technique," Inzamam said on YouTube channel 'The Match Winner'.
"I am saying as a cricketer, that every player has a series, has a year where even if he is doing everything right, things don't go his way. He can't score every day, in every match or every series or every year. What bowlers are playing just to be hit by Kohli? This doesn't happen with any player.
"My advice to Kohli is that there is no need to be worried. This happens to everyone. There is no business in the world that only sees profits, there are losses as well. He doesn't need to change his technique," said the former Pakistan skipper.
On Monday, New Zealand won the second Test inside three days to sweep the series the two-match Test series. Virat Kohli admitted that his team had been outplayed and did not show enough positivity in the series.
"We were completely outplayed in this series, and obviously did not play the kind of cricket that we do play as a team," Kohli said.
"We were not positive enough, we were not brave enough."
New Zealand are now unbeaten in their last 13 home Tests, winning nine of them, and in the past decade their record as hosts is played 39, won 20, drawn 13 and lost five.
India started the day at 90 for six and were all out for 124, before New Zealand chased down the required 132 to win for the loss of three wickets in 36 overs.