Former India Women’s National Cricket Team captain Anjum Chopra said that she has seen players who have survived in the Indian team for a very long time despite scoring runs in the 30s and 40s. She added that 30-40 runs look very less from Virat Kohli’s bat because of the high standards he has set for himself.
Former India captainis going through an unprecedented lengthy lean patch for an extended period. Kohli, who has not scored a century since 2019, registered the highest score of 20 in the recently concluded all-format tour of England.
In an interview with ANI, Anjum Chopra said that it is a matter of time before Kohli gets back to his best.
“Virat Kohli himself knows what he needs. When you do not score as per your standards, you practice more. I am sure that he is practising, is doing, and will keep doing everything to back in form. The way international cricket goes, practice is the only way out.
“A player can only try and make the effort. And a player like him must be trying and trying to get out of the slump. But sometimes, things do not go your way. The kind of adulation and focus he has had on him over the years, this dip was bound to happen sometime,” said Chopra in an exclusive interview with ANI.
“I have seen players scoring 30s and 40s and surviving in the Indian team for years. But from his bat, the 30s and 40s look less because of the standard he has set for himself. I am sure that it will be a matter of time that he will be back among runs for the Indian team,” she added.
I wish her all the best for the coming years – Anjum Chopra on Mithali Raj
While talking about legendary India batter Mithali Raj, who announced her retirement from all forms of cricket in June 2022, Chopra said that they have had many memories and partnerships together.
“We have had many memories and partnerships. I wish her all the best for the coming years,” she added.
Anjum Chopra further said that the India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who took the charge after Mithali Raj’s retirement, should have gotten the captaincy of the team earlier. She added that Harmanpreet has grown a lot as a player.
“I think she should have got the captaincy earlier. She has grown a lot as a player. She has huge stature in international cricket and experience as well. Responsibility changes the temperament of players. In Sri Lanka, she bailed her team out of trouble a few times and was the player of the series. It is a good start,” she said.
India National Cricket Team will be playing the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022 and India Women’s National Cricket Team will be playing the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2023.
“Just because you perform great right now does not mean you will also perform well in ICC events. Australia struggled for months before clinching the T20 World Cup last year.
“You can have that confidence as you progress, but if you do not have it, it is not like you go to an ICC event without confidence. ICC events have a different atmosphere, you go there confident as a player and captain,” she added.
Chopra said that the India National Cricket Team have got a great bench strength.
“There is a problem of picking the best 11,12 or even 18 players. We have such an amazing, talented bench. The women’s team is looking for a similar sort of strength,” she said.
“There are good players, but not all are match winners. So you want more than one or two match winners. It will only happen by playing and getting exposure,” she said while talking about India Women’s National Cricket Team.
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