Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan cricketer, has hit out at Virat Kohli’s critics, expressing astonishment. The Indian captain wasn’t in the best of forms in India’s Test series against New Zealand. The 31-year-old could only manage 38 runs in the two Tests at an average of 9.50. In Wellington and Christchurch, the Delhi-born churned out scores of 2, 19, 3 and 14.
Even as at the Basin Reserve, he was caught behind the stumps, at the Hagley Oval, Virat was dismissed LBW by Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee. Inzamam told that after having scored 70 centuries for Team India, questions surrounding his technique don’t make much of a sense.
Inzamam backs Virat Kohli
“A lot of people are talking about Kohli’s technique etc. I am amazed by all this talk. He has scored 70- centuries, now how can you question his technique,” Inzamam was quoted as saying in his official YouTube channel.
Inzamam said that it’s natural for a cricketer to encounter failures despite straining every muscle. The veteran mentioned how even Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam’s former teammate, had the same difficulty.
“As a cricketer, I can say that players will encounter a phase when despite his best efforts, runs do not come. Yusuf has a high backlift, it used to come from gully, when his bad form came, people started questioning his back life, he came to me, I said how did you score so many runs with the same technique,” he stated.
Leaving Virat aside, the rest of the Indian batting also had troubles while facing the Black Caps’ bowling. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara could only touch the 100-run mark with a half-century each to their name. Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari had a fifty each.
As per Inzamam, failures are part and parcel of a game and should be accepted gleefully. “Team is not being able to perform if Kohli is failing what about the other players. This is just part and parcel of the game and it should be accepted in that particular way,” Inzamam added.
Despite being whitewashed, India are atop the points table in the World Test Championship with 360 points. The Kiwis, on the other hand, are placed third with 180 points from seven games.
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