"It will be very difficult to win if your main batters don't score runs" - Saba Karim on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's form heading into England Test - Sportskeeda

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Saba Karim feels it would be difficult for Team India to put it across England in the final Test of the series if Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma do not make significant contributions with the bat.

Kohli and Rohit are heading to England on the back of indifferent returns in IPL 2022. While the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper scored 341 runs at an underwhelming average of 22.73, the Mumbai Indians (MI) captain managed a mere 268 runs at an even poorer average of 19.14.

During a discussion on India News, Saba Karim was asked whether the team would be impacted negatively if Kohli and Rohit, who have not been in great form, are unable to fire with the bat. He responded:

The former Indian selector pointed out that the experienced duo will have to resolve their issues themselves and score runs in the middle. Saba explained:

Rohit, with 368 runs at an impressive average of 52.57, was India's highest run-getter in the first four Tests against England played last year. Kohli, on the other hand, did not have a great time, with his 218 runs coming at a below-par average of 31.14.

Saba Karim reckons Virat Kohli playing without the additional responsibility of captaincy could bring the best out of him. He elaborated:

Kohli has aggregated 841 runs at a lowly average of 28.03 in the 17 Tests he has played since the beginning of 2020. He has also endured an almost three-year wait for an international century and will hope to end that spell in the upcoming final Test against England.

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