Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Virat Kohli will not be defined by the runs he scored on his England tour.
Gambhir says that there have been several batsmen who have not been able to perform well at a particular place but that does not make them any less great. Citing the example of Ponting, Gambhir said:
“Someone like Ricky Ponting! He has only hand one international hundred in India and people still call him a legend. You can’t define someone if he has had just one bad tour. He (Kohli) has already proved himself in different conditions, so he should not be thinking on the lines that he has to prove something on the English tour.”
Gambhir said that Kohli should focus on his own game and the rest will take care of itself.
“He has to be himself, not because Virat Kohli is the captain but because he is a world class batter and at the same time he is someone whom India expect a lot of runs from.
“He can’t put additional pressure on himself thinking that the last tour of England wasn’t great. Important thing is that he has already proved himself to the world and is probably one of the top three batters in the world,” the southpaw concluded.
Virat Kohli had an abysmal tour of England in 2014. He turned out to be Anderson’s bunny and could only manage 134 runs across 10 innings.