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Warner say on Kohli’s lean patch: ‘You have earned the right to fail’

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Many people have commented on Virat Kohli’s prolonged slump, with the most notable statistic being his 777-day century drought in international cricket. But Australian opener David Warner, a fellow cricketer, saved the highest admiration for the Indian Test skipper, encouraging detractors to “understand his plight.”

Warner discussed Kohli’s dismal run of form in international cricket with writer Boria Majumdar on Backstage with Boria, claiming that the experienced Indian batsman has earned the right to fail and go through a tough patch after achieving so much in the sport. He then urged detractors to sympathise with Kohli, claiming that all cricketers live in a bubble and that he has recently given birth.

“A lot of people talk about Virat Kohli’s form over the last couple of years. We have gone through a pandemic. He has just had a baby. We only see how well he has done. You are allowed to fail. You are allowed to fail. You have earned the right to fail when you are so good at what you do. People say Steve Smith doesn’t score a century in his fourth innings because stats say he scores a century every four innings. He is human. You are allowed to have a rough trot. That is why there are a lot more pressure on those guys. But would not feel the pressure, I guarantee that,” Warner said.

Kohli is now in South Africa for the Test series, which the Dean Elgar-led home team has levelled with a seven-wicket win in Johannesburg.

Due to Kohli’s absence from the Test match due to an upper back spasm, KL Rahul was designated captain. The 33-year-old is scheduled to play in the third and final Test match, which begins on January 11 in Cape Town.

Warner, on the other hand, is now playing in Australia’s Ashes series, where the Pat Cummins-led team has taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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