T20 World Cup: Why Ricky Ponting backed Virat Kohli to turn around form slump

Virat Kohli has resoundingly turned around a rough period, justifying Ricky Ponting’s belief in the India star’s ability to regain form in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Ricky Ponting backed Virat Kohli because is only the key player in the Indian line up in such a pressure game.  Even though the India right-hander was struggling for runs and had gone nearly three years without an international ton, former Australia captain Ponting encouraged Kohli to find his spectacular best. Ponting advised India selectors to stick with an out-of-form Kohli in the run-up to the T20 World Cup and the Super 12 stage in Australia on The ICC Review in July 2022.

Why Ricky Ponting backed Virat Kohli

Why Ricky Ponting backed Virat Kohli to turn around form slump

Now, the two-time World Cup champion skipper has explained why he felt certain Kohli could recover from his slump and shine brightly on the greatest platform once more. He’s been a champion player of the game for a long time in all three versions,” Ponting remarked.

One thing I’ve learned about champion players, especially in this game, is that you never write them off. They always seem to dig deep enough and find a way to get a job done, especially when it means the most. If you go back about a week to the start of this tournament; India, Pakistan, right here at the MCG that’s what I expected to happen.

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Ricky Ponting & Virat Kohli

Virat turning back the clock, playing a match-winning inning, and being named man of the match in what I consider to be one of the finest athletic spectacles I’ve ever witnessed.” When starting for India in a T20I against Afghanistan at the Asia Cup in September, Kohli snapped his 1,021-day century drought with a spectacular 122* from 61 balls, but swiftly returned to his favored first drop.

The former India captain has now scored 220 runs batting at three, making him the tournament’s highest scorer, and has only been removed once in four innings. Ponting was sure that Kohli’s expertise would be important to India’s prospects of creating an impression at the event. Allow him to feel at ease in that third spot and build his way into the tournament,” Ponting added.

I’ve also learnt through the years that the T20 game is more of an older man’s game, or older person’s game, than a young man’s game. Only knowledge, know-how, and competence can help in circumstances like the ones Virat has encountered a handful of times.

“They’ve done it before, and they almost always find a way to get it done.

India, I believe, is getting the benefits of keeping him there, and if they go to the next level, I’m sure he’ll do something significant in one of the finals as well. Based on his 17 years of top-level expertise, the Australia star also provided advice into how Kohli may make the most of his current form issues.

While Kohli has stated that having time away from the game recently has helped him rejuvenate, Ponting feels that the support of family and colleagues would have been as important in his comeback to form. It’s a terrific learning experience for Virat as a cricketer to get to a stage in his career when he has to alter, do something new,” Ponting added.

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