Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes Indian middle-order batter Virat Kohli will rediscover his form and end his scoring drought in Tests sooner or later. Kohli hasn’t been able to find form in Test cricket and this dip has continued against Australia in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
In the third Test, Kohli scored 22 runs in the first innings and 13 runs in the second innings. Ponting, while speaking on the ICC review, talked about how Kohli is in run-scoring draught and hasn’t been performing at par with the expectations set by the fans. The Aussie captain further stated that he is confident about Virat Kohli returning to form sooner rather than later.
Ricky Ponting, "For Kohli, I have said that over and over, champion players always find a way. He might be in a bit of a drought at the moment, might be not scoring runs which we all expect him to score but he is a realist as well. When you are a batsman and your are struggling and not scoring runs, you are pretty aware of that yourself. I am not concerned about this because I am confident he will bounce back"
Since 2020, Virat Kohli has amassed only 1028 runs in 41 innings of 23 Tests at an average of 25.70. During this period, not a single century has come from his bat, while he has scored 6 half-centuries. Adding his runs from the Indore Test, Kohli has scored just 111 runs at an average of 22.20.
Ponting further on ICC Review gave his verdict on the pitches in the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy which has been a big topic of discussion. He stated all batters across both teams have struggled largely because of the unpredictable surfaces.
He said, "I am not looking at anybody's form in the series because for batters it has been an absolute nightmare. Australia have done a remarkable job by turning around those first two Test matches and coming back to win the third. We all know batting has been so incredibly difficult. And it has not been because of the turn, but also the uneven bounce which makes you lose trust in the wicket and if that happens you are guessing all the time which makes batting really difficult."
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