Australia cricket legend Ricky Ponting’s recent comment on former India captain Virat Kohli and his struggles with the bat has gone viral. Amid immense criticism over his batting and a few veterans questioning his place in the Indian team, Ponting has gone against the tide to back Kohli, saying that he would continue to push the star batter because he knows the upside and that any opposition attack would breathe a sigh of relief if India decides to drop him. Reacting to the same, West Indies coach Phil Simmons had his say on Kohli’s place in the Indian team and gave his verdict on the batter opting to rest through the limited-overs tour of West Indies.

Kohli has not scored an international century in the last 78 innings which dates back to November 23 of 2019. In his last IPL season, he managed to hit at a strike rate of just 116, which was among the lowest. And on his return to international cricket after a break following IPL, Kohli managed to record a forgettable England tour. Yet, Ponting has backed him.

When asked by senior sports journalist Vimal Kumar about Ponting’s comment and how he would react had he been the coach of India, Simmons responded saying, “Well, I ain’t the coach of the Indian team. Rahul (Dravid) will have to make that decision. He’s there. If I was there I would think about it and how I would go about that job.”


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