Former English cricketer, Graeme Swann has come out in support of former Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who has been going through a lean patch for the last couple of years in the international circuit. Virat Kohli hasn’t been able to score a century for the last 76 innings in international cricket.
Swann has said that the Indian media is way too critical of how and what Virat does. He has also said that if Virat Kohli was an English and if he would have been part of the English media, he would have definitely asked his colleagues to ease up a bit on the former Indian captain.
Graeme Swann Opens Up On Virat Kohli’s Poor Run Of Form In International Cricket
“Maybe when you have got a player as good as him, if he was English and I was in the English media, I would be saying hey, we need to ease up on him, we need to take pressure off our star asset so that he performs rather than putting more undue pressure on him, just saying,” Swann said on the Sony Sports Network after the third T20I.
“As a player, you would feel the pressure from fans and fans have a job, that you can make it easier for your players or you can make it harder. If you do not want Virat Kohli in your team anymore, by all means, keep on heaping the pressure or if you value the asset, then go easy on him,” he stated further.
Former India batter Ajay Jadeja agreed with Swann, saying Kohli should be given a little more time and it will only get better for Kohli going ahead.
“It comes with this territory because the expectation is so much, Virat Kohli, we have just gotten used to him scoring runs and hundreds game after game. I am with Swann; he is your asset and you have to let him be. Let him play, you know what you are going to get,” said Ajay Jadeja on Sony Sports Network.
“You know what is the best of Kohli, at the moment you are probably getting the worst of Virat Kohli. He is only going to get better, I am with Swann, take the pressure off him rather than putting more on him. Give him a little more time, let him take more time, you are trying out players anyway, why don’t you give him a little extra time,” he added.
India will now take on England in a three-match ODI series which will begin on July 12. The second game of the series will take place on July 14 with the final game of the series being played on July 17.