Babar Azam extends public support to Virat Kohli amidst poor form with bat; Rohit Sharma reacts


Pakistani cricket captain Babar Azam has extended his public support to Virat Kohli, whose poor form with the bat has become a topic of intense discussions in the media. Azam’s support for Kohli came amidst the batter getting out cheaply once again against India’s second ODI against England at the Lord’s on Thursday.

Photo tweeted by Babar Azam

Azam, who’s often compared with Kohli, took to Twitter to share a photo of himself with the former Indian skipper as he wrote, “This too shall pass. Stay strong.

Kohli made 16 from 25 balls as India were bowled out for 146, losing the match to England by 100 runs.

Team India skipper Rohit Sharma was once again asked about Kohli’s poor form during the post-match press conference. Defending his teammate, Sharma asked in disgust why there was even chatter over Kohli’s poor form, adding that fluctuation in form was quite normal with players.

Kohli’s poor form had recently prompted former India captain, Kapil Dev, to suggest that the former should be dropped from the side ahead of the T20 World Cup. However, Sharma had reacted angrily to that suggestion and even questioned the ‘expert’ status of Kapil Dev.

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A journalist had asked Team India skipper about Kapil Dev’s comments at a post-match press conference in England. Without naming Kapil Dev, Sharma had said, “It’s not difficult at all for us (to ensure Kohli’s place in the playing XI) because we don’t listen to outside noise. Also, I don’t know who these experts are and why they’re called experts. I don’t get that.”