Novak Djokovic likes Kevin Pietersen's heartfelt message for struggling Virat Kohli
Cricketer-turned-commentator Kevin Pietersen wrote a post on Instagram to support Virat Kohli.
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While the Indian team is engrossed in a tense ODI series against England, Virat Kohli’s lack of runs with the bat has been the talk of the town. The former Indian skipper has failed to make any meaningful contribution to the Indian team’s score, and his place in the team is also under scrutiny by some of the former players. With widespread criticism coming his way, Tennis legend Novak Djokovic is the latest sporting personality to come to his aid.
The stylish Indian batter was at the peak of his prowess throughout the last decade and scored a monumental 70 centuries across all formats for the national team, but has failed to breach the three-figure mark since 2019. His misery was compounded after a poor showing in the rescheduled fifth Test against England and a series of low scores in the white ball leg of the series against the hosts.
Even with his prolonged lean patch, he was backed by his skipper Rohit Sharma, who criticized the so-called experts questioning his place in the team. Kohli has now received support from Tennis ace Novak Djokovic, who recently won his seventh Wimbledon title. Djokovic liked a post of former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who had voiced his opinion on the Indian batter’s recent struggles on Saturday.
“Buddy, your career has had some of the best that have played the game only wish they could have done what you have(so far). Be proud, walk tall & enjoy life. There’s way more than just the bubble of cricket out there. You’ll be back, @virat.kohli,” Pietersen’s Instagram post read.
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Virat Kohli receives support from beyond the border
Earlier, Pakistan’s all-format skipper Babar Azam had shown his support for Kolhi via a post on Twitter, where he shared a picture with the Indian batter and wrote “This too shall pass. Stay strong.”
Former Pakistani speedster, Shoaib Akhtar also batted in favour of the struggling former Indian skipper and blasted his critics by saying that he has been the greatest batter in the past decade and his 70 centuries in international cricket are a testament to his batting prowess.