Kolkata: Don’t feel like talking about the prolonged skinny patch going through India captain Virat Kohli Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said “everything will fall into place” when the chatter around him stops.
Ahead of the T20 series against the West Indies which started on Wednesday, media inquiries had again focused on Kohli’s batting form and Rohit was not pleased.
“I think it starts with you,” Rohit was curt in his first response.
“If you (media) can shut up for a while, everything will be fine. If the talking on your part stops, everything will be settled,” he added, supporting his predecessor.
Rohit said Kohli is not under any pressure and will be well soon.
“He’s in a very good space and he’s been part of the international team for over a decade. He’s spent so much time in international cricket that he knows how to handle pressure situations,” Rohit said, not amused by repeated questions on Kohli’s form.
“So I think it all starts with you. If you can keep it quiet for a while, everything will fall into place,” he added.
Kohli hasn’t scored a hundred in international cricket for over two years. In ODIs, it’s been three years since its last century. He has a total of 44 hundreds in the format.
But Kohli has scored quite a few half-centuries, which is an indication that he’s not exactly in miserable shape.
On Tuesday, it was clear that Rohit is not happy with Kohli being singled out for scrutiny in every media interaction.
After the last game in the ODI series, Rohit was more playful when asked if Kohli needed a little confidence.
“Virat Kohli ko trust ki zaroorat hai. Kya bat kar rahe ho yaar (Virat Kohli has no confidence? What are you saying?)’ he had said jokingly.
Tuesday he looked dead serious.
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