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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s star batsman Virat Kohli has not been in the best of form over the past few months and hence has constantly been facing the heat from fans and critics. 

Responding to the situation, former India captain Kapil Dev said that people are not going to stay quiet if he does not score.

“I haven’t played much cricket as Virat. But sometimes you may not have played enough cricket but you can look to figure things out. Either that, or we just cannot criticise such great players. We have played cricket and we understand the game and after that, they have to improve their thought process, not ours. If you prove us wrong, we will like it. If you don’t score runs, we feel there is some fault. We just see one thing and that’s your performance. And if the performance is not good, don’t expect people to stay quiet. Your bat and your performance must speak, nothing else,” Kapil said.

The former all-rounder reckons that Kohli’s lean patch has become a concern for his fans and Indian cricket.

“It really pains me to see such a big player struggling and going through such a long gap in terms of century. Virat is like a hero to us. We never thought we would witness a player whom we can compare to great players like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. But then they came, and forced us to compare. But now since he hasn’t performed for the last two years, it is bothering me and all of us,” Kapil said.

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