Ricky Ponting examines Virat Kohli’s recent slump in form
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting expressed his thoughts on what is truly wrong with Virat Kohli. He feels the explanation could be a tired body and the player’s mental denial, but he also believes the Indian ace would not be out for long. Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested for the present five-match T20I series against South Africa at home. Both top batters have struggled with consistency recently and are anticipated to make a positive comeback following this rest in preparation for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.
Kohli hasn’t scored a century in any format of the game in over two years. He also struggled in the recently finished Indian Premier League 2022 season, averaging 22.73 and striking at 115.98. He scored 73 runs against Gujarat Titans but was unable to sustain that form in the knockout rounds. Many people have speculated about the reasons behind Kohli’s slump in form, but Australian veteran Ricky Ponting offered his ideas in depth while appearing on The ICC Review.
Despite Kohli’s dismal form, many believe it is a passing phase and that a huge innings is on the road. Kohli has struck more fifties in international cricket than any other Indian player since his previous century in 2019. In the same time period, he is also India’s highest run-getter with 2478 runs at an average of 37.54 across all formats. Ponting believes Kohli is hurting physically, but his mind is not convinced. He also stated that every cricketer goes through this circumstance and appeared to be optimistic about Kohli’s return to form.