Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has expressed surprise at his ward Virat Kohli slipping to 5th position in the ICC test rankings.Kohli’s poor form has continued in the ongoing India vs England series too as Kohli hasn’t managed to score a single fifty in the four innings he has played,one of the innings including a golden duck aganist James Anderson.Meanwhile, his competitor Joe Root has continued his sensational form by scoring two hundreds in two tests and single handedly keeping the hopes of English players alive in the series. James Anderson has also been performing well in his role of bowler just like captain Root is doing with the bat.
While in a discussion with India News, Rajkumar Sharma was shocked to know that Kohli has slipped out of the top four rankings, a spot he has always been over the years.Rajkumar said,”It is shocking news for me that Virat Kohli has fallen to the fifth spot. I was expecting that Joe Root would have probably gone ahead of him. I will definitely talk to him.”
Sharma also revealed that Kohli is not worried about his lack of runs with the bat and also felt that a tremendous hundred is just around the corner.Sharma further said,” I don’t feel there is any need to motivate him because he is extremely motivated. When I had spoken to him after the last match as well, he was quite excited and was happy that they had won and was not too worried about his runs. When he has such an attitude, a big hundred is about to come.”
Another major fact to note is that Joe Root has jumped to second ranking and the other top players such as Kane Williamson, Steve Smith and Marcus Labuschagne are ahead of Virat Kohli by a huge margin of more than hundred points. Virat must produce something magical soon and then retain that form if he wants to jump to the ranking he has hold for a long time, a ranking that was considered synonymous with him, the ICC No.1 Test ranking.
When asked whether Joe Root has posed too good of a challenge to Virat Kohli, Sharma responded by defending his ward,saying : “It is not a challenge but he [Root] has batted fantastically. I have always said that that he is an amazing player because he has a very good temperament and technique in any case. When he plays on his home ground and especially against India, I feel he is extremely motivated.”
Virat’s fans have been waiting for his 71st century for a long time now, and his poor run( according to the standards he has set for himself) has continued in this series, which began in early 2020. Do you all feel that this series might be the one where Virat ends his drought of a century? If you do, comment below which test match might that be.