'Making 70 international centuries is not a small thing' - Virat Kohli's childhood coach hits out at Kapil Dev

""I do not support the statements made by Kapil Dev on Virat Kohli," said Rajkumar Sharma.

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Virat Kohli in warm-up game against Leicestershire
Virat Kohli in warm-up game against Leicestershire (Photo Source: John Mallett/Leicestershire CCC)

The debate around Virat Kohli’s form has gathered further motion after his poor outing in the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham. But the former Indian skipper’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has come out in support of the batter and has hit out against Kapil Dev, who raised question marks over the 33-year old’s selection in the T20I team.

Kohli‘s ongoing struggles are no secret to anyone, as the stylish batter has failed to register a century in international cricket since 2019. Former Indian captain Kapil Dev had suggested that the Indian team might benefit from playing in-form youngsters in place of Kohli, who looks like a shadow of himself and has underperformed for a while now.

The comments made by the former World Cup-winning captain didn’t go down well with Kohli’s coach Rajkumar Sharma, who highlighted the batter’s achievements for the Indian team by reminding his 70 centuries across all formats on the international stage.

“I do not support the statements made by Kapil Dev on Virat Kohli. Nothing big happened with Virat that such kind of statement has been issued. Why is there so much hurry with Virat, he has done so well for the country. Making 70 international centuries is not a small thing. I do not think the board will make a decision to have him sit on the bench,” Rajkumar was quoted by Hindustan Times.

Kapil‘s remarks weren’t far from the mark as an in-form Deepak Hooda, who has been in sensational form of late, registered a magnificent century recently against Ireland. However, he had to make way for the former Indian skipper in the team in the second T20I against England.

Kohli’s prolonged lean patch continued in the second T20I at Edgbaston as he failed to contribute with the bat and was dismissed for just a solitary run in his brief stay at the crease. India will hope for a better performance from the stylish batter as India takes England in the final T20I of the series at Trent Bridge on Sunday evening.

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