India tour of England | Darkest hour is just before the dawn: Wasim Jaffer backs Virat Kohli to return to form

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Virat Kohli made only 1 and 11 in the two T20Is he played against England before missing out on the first ODI due to a mild groin strain. He has also lost his place in the ICC top 10 Test and T20I rankings.

Virat Kohli’s last international century came way back in 2019. (Courtesy: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli scored just 31 runs across 2 innings in Birmingham Test
  • Kohli made only 1 and 11 in the two T20Is he played against England
  • Kohli missed the 1st ODI against England due to a mild groin strain

Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer has come out in support of out-of-form Virat Kohli to return to his best.

Kohli, whose last international century came way back in 2019, has been going through a lean patch. The right-hander was able to manage just 31 runs across two innings during the Birmingham Test, which England won by seven wickets and squared the series 2-2.

The former India captain then made only 1 and 11 in the two T20Is he played against England before missing out on the first ODI due to a mild groin strain. Kohli had also lost his place in the ICC top 10 Test and T20I rankings.

While his poor performances have put him under the scanner, Jaffer took to Instagram to post a picture of Kohli and wrote: “The darkest hour is just before the dawn. He will be back.”

However, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev thinks otherwise. He told ABP News that Kohli looked like a shadow of his old self.

“Yes, now the situation is such that you might be forced to bench Kohli from T20 playing eleven. If world No. 2 bowler Ashwin can be dropped from the Test side, then (once upon a time) world No. 1 batter can also be dropped,” said the legendary cricketer.

“Virat is not batting at a level which we have seen him do over the years. He has made a name because of his performances, but if he isn’t performing, then you can’t keep the performing youngsters out of the team. I want competition for places in the team in a positive sense that these youngsters should try and outperform Virat.”

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