NEW DELHI: Ace cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has recalled how former Team India skipper MS Dhoni had backed a younger Virat Kohli and saved him from being dropped during the 2011-12 Australia tour.
Manjrekar additionally hailed Dhoni, who, during his 16-year-long illustrious profession, had performed an important function in shaping the careers of many present Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Ravi Ashwin, and so forth.
The former cricketer-turned-commentator recalled how Team India was badly down during the horrendous 2011-12 tour of Australia below Dhoni and how Kohli got here to rescue his facet.
Despite being whitewashed 4-Zero within the 4 Tests, Team India had numerous hope from a younger Kohli then. By then, Kohli had impressed everybody with some notable performances in limited-overs however was but to make his mark within the purest format altogether.
The Australia tour was an essential one for Kohli to make a mark in whites. However, Kohli didn’t rating properly within the first 4 checks and scored simply 11, 0, 23 and 9.
Manjrekar recalled that Kohli was about to be dropped for the ultimate two Tests however Dhoni got here to his rescue. Finally, Kohli ended the sequence with scores of 44, 75 and in addition notched up his maiden hundred within the closing Test in Adelaide.
Manjrekar recalled the entire episode whereas talking to a sports activities information channel. “Virat Kohli is Virat Kohli. He always finds ways to score runs. The hundred that he scored in the 2011/12 series, India lost it 0-4. They’d lost to England 0-4. And I think that was the only century scored by an Indian in that series. He was a young man who actually was on the verge of getting dropped after Sydney. Dhoni backed him; he played in Perth scored a 70 and then he got that hundred,” Manjrekar stated.
At current, Virat Kohli is undoubtedly top-of-the-line batsmen on the planet and presumably the perfect all-format batsman going round. But like many different gamers, Kohli too had struggled and battled inconsistency early in his Test profession.
In Tests, the 32-year-old has scored seven double tons (most by an Indian), 27 centuries total and averages over 50 (53.62) with 7,240 runs in 86 Tests.
Kohli-led India is at present gearing up for the four-match Test sequence opener, versus Australia, with the primary Test to be performed below lights on the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide from December 17-21.