‘This too shall pass. Stay strong.’: Babar Azam backs Virat Kohli to come good soon

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has backed out-of-form Virat Kohli to to come good soon.

Babar took it to Twitter and wrote a heartfelt message to former India captain Virat Kohli, who is struggling to get back into the top of his game.

“This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli.” Babar wrote on Twitter.

Former captain Kohli, 33, has been going through a prolonged lean patch and has not hit a century since 2019.

Indian top-order fell like ninepins as Reece Topley’s 6 for 24 headlined a fine England bowling performance in a series-levelling 100-run win while defending a modest target in the second ODI.

Chasing a target of a modest 247, stage, though, seemed ideal for Kohli to end his century drought. The wait for the 71st had stretched to nearly three years, and Kohli had looked in fine touch throughout this tour. Virat Kohli was looking in his elements during his 25-ball stay at the crease against England in the second ODI at Lord’s. He played three exquisite drives — an off-drive, an on-drive and a cover drive — all out of the top drawer but the propensity to play everything on front-foot brought about his downfall.

After an early caution, Kohli was looking to impose himself on the bowlers. However, England’s left-arm pacer David Willey angled one on the off-stump and once again the former India captain misjudged the length with his front-foot trigger. The resultant nick was gleefully accepted by skipper Buttler behind the stumps.

India will play the final ODI on Sunday at Old Trafford.

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