Here’s Why Graeme Swann Wants Indian Fans To ‘Go Easy’ On Virat Kohli

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That Virat Kohli’s form since 2020 had dipped was well-known, and his century drought since November 2019 advocates for that. But till not too long ago, Virat Kohli had a secured place in the Indian team.

However, in the last few months, his place in India’s best eleven – especially in T20I cricket – has been challenged by many; other than fans, former Indian cricketers and several experts have raised questions.

Here’s Why Graeme Swann Wants Indian Fans To ‘Go Easy’ On Virat Kohli
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Is Kohli’s place in India’s T20I eleven uncertain now?

Kohli had his worst IPL season since 2010 – in IPL 2022, the former RCB captain scored 341 runs at a strike rate of 115. And now the ongoing England tour has been wretched for Kohli as a batsman – in the Edgbaston Test earlier this month, Kohli managed scores of 11 and 20, and then 1 and 11 in the two T20Is in the recently concluded series.

The doubts over Kohli’s place in India’s T20I eleven, with the T20 World Cup only three months away, have heightened by his low scores in the last two matches vs England, and the pressure on the former skipper is piling from all corners outside the dressing room.

Graeme Swann asks fans to value Virat Kohli

Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann, though, has backed the 33-year-old to come good soon.

For that though, Swann, who is part of the commentary panel for the white-ball matches between India and England, has requested the Indian fans and media to not make things hard for Kohli with their excessive criticism and “value the assert” who is one of India’s greatest batsmen ever.

Here’s Why Graeme Swann Wants Indian Fans To ‘Go Easy’ On Virat Kohli
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“Maybe when you have got a player as good as him, if he was English and I was in the English media, I would be saying hey, we need to ease up on him, we need to take pressure off our star asset so that he performs rather than putting more undue pressure on him, just saying,” Swann said on the Sony Sports Network after the third T20I.

“As a player, you would feel the pressure from fans, and fans have a job that you can make easier for your players or you can make it harder. If you do not want Virat Kohli in your team anymore, by all means keep on heaping the pressure or if you value the asset, then go easy on him,” he added.

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