The former captain was dismissed for only one after misfiring against debutant Richard Gleeson, and Dawid Malan took an outstanding catch while running backward. The former skipper has been struggling for a long and has not scored a century since 2019. The 33-year-old has taken Deepak Hooda’s spot at third base, where he had been in excellent form. It would be intriguing to see whether Kohli’s backing from the team’s management holds up in the face of poor performance.

Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has provided the star batter support during this trying period. He disagreed with Kapil Dev’s advice, claiming that Kohli’s 70 international tonnes are evidence of his batting prowess.

In response to Kapil Dev’s criticism of Virat Kohli, I disagree. For such a statement to be made, Virat did not experience anything noteworthy. When Virat has done so much for the country, why is he in such a hurry? 70 centuries throughout the globe is a noteworthy feat. I don’t think the board will opt to have him sit on the bench, Rajkumar told ANI.

Earlier, Kapil Dev had predicted that India could be forced to bench Kohli, especially if a bowler of Ravichandran Ashwin’s caliber was left off the starting eleven for the Test match. Virat Kohli, who has devolved into a shadow of his former self, is one of the established stars that India’s World Cup-winning captain wants young players to challenge.

Yes, given the present situation, you could feel compelled to leave Kohli out of your starting T20 team. “If world No. 2 bowler Ashwin can be benched from the Test squad, then (once upon a time) world No. 1 batsman may also be benched,” said Kapil, who talked to ABP News.

One observer said, “Virat isn’t hitting as well as we’ve seen him over the years.” He became well-known because of his performances, but if he quits, you can’t dismiss the young players who continue to perform in the same manner.

“I want competition for positions in the team in a positive sense that these players should try and better Virat,” the well-known cricketer added.