Even though Kohli hasn’t been his usual self with the bat, Rohit Sharma has backed the star batter. During a recent three-match series against the West Indies, Kohli managed to score just 26 runs, raising concerns about both his consistency and mental state after leaving the leadership group.
Fans have praised Rohit’s words about Kohli. Nikhil Chopra, a former Indian cricketer, feels Rohit’s leadership measures send a strong message to the dressing room. The BCCI decided to have only one figurehead for both formats, and Rohit took over the white-ball captaincy from Kohli. The captaincy of the team should go to Rohit, as he has earned the respect of his teammates. Even if they are unable to fulfill a specific role, the captain will always back them up. Chopra stated on the “Khelneeti podcast” that players know the captain will never publicly humiliate them. Chopra also emphasized the empty stands and how Kohli thrives in the presence of fans during a T20I. Kohli’s last international century came in a Test match against Bangladesh back in 2019 and he looks forward to better performances in the T20I series.
Kohli isn’t saying that it will happen for him. If, however, a player receives praise for hitting fours and sixes, that energy fuels him. When there is no reaction to a big hit, you might lose concentration in an empty stadium. Many players have the capacity to draw strength from crowd energy. Perhaps he is affected a little by it,” Chopra added.