Virat Kohli has responded to Pakistani skipper Babar Azam’s tweet, in which the latter lent support to the struggling Team India batter. Kohli thanked Azam and wished him all the best too.
Following Kohli’s sacking for 16 in the second ODI against England at Lord’s on Thursday (July 14), Azam took over his official Twitter handle and shared words of encouragement for the former Indian captain.
He posted a picture of himself wearing the Indian star batter and wrote:
“This too will pass. Stay strong #ViratKohli.”
In response to the viral Tweet, which garnered Azam much praise, Kohli noted:
“Thank you. Keep shining and rising. I wish you all the best 👏.”
Earlier in the day, the 33-year-old shared a philosophical tweet under increasing pressure on him for his poor performance in international cricket. He posed in front of an artwork with two wings and a message that read:
“What if I fall… Oh but my darling, what if you fly.”
The under fire cricketer shared the cryptic post with a one-word caption:
Kohli has had an extremely bad run in England on the ongoing tour. He has recorded scores of 11, 20, one, 11 and 16 in the three formats so far.
“I know what a player goes through in such a phase” – Babar Azam opens on Kohli tweet
At a press conference ahead of Pakistan’s first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, Azam was asked about his commendable gesture of tweeting in support of Kohli.
He shared his thoughts and explained:
“As a player myself, I know that you can go through such a phase and I also know what a player goes through in such a phase. In those times you need support. I just tweeted that it will only give a little support. He is one of the best players.”
Azam also supported the Indian batter to overcome the miserable form he faced in recent seasons. He noted:
“He plays a lot of cricket and he knows how to get out of these situations. It takes time, if you support players it will be really good.”
Kohli is likely to be featured in the third ODI of the series against England, to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday (July 17).
The batter is equipped for the upcoming tour of the West Indies, with three ODIs and five T20Is.
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