Gautam Gambhir gives verdict on Virat Kohli's bad showing against New Zealand

Former Indian clown Gautam Gambhir has expressed his disbelief at how brutal the public and the media have reacted to his Team India Virat Kohli cavalry and his poor performance in New Zealand in the ODI and Test series away from home.

After the white Kiwis appeared in the T20s, India lost the three-match ODI series and the two-match Test series convincingly.

"I was again disappointed with how the critics went after Virat Kohli and his men after losing 2-0 Test Series against New Zealand," Gambhir's column for SEASONS OF INDIA reading.

"Everything was questionable. The choice of options, the atmosphere in the wardrobe, the sharpness of Japsrit Bumrah or the lack thereof, even the vision of Virat Kohli," he added.

Kohli had a very poor tour as he failed to score big against the Kiwis. After a below-average performance in the first Test, which India ended up losing by 10 wickets, Kohli fired for just 3 and 14 runs in the second at Christchurch that India lost by 7-wickets as well.

Speaking about Shaw's debut with the serious team, Gambhir said: "Prithvi Shaw has toured New Zealand for the first time in India, Mayank Agarwal is not very old on the track."

"In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, dependence on Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane was very high. In the end, the conditions turned out to be very difficult, "he added.

The former opener went on to add that he was frustrated by the fact that India went with four bowlers against the X-rays in the tests and the fact that an informed KL Rahul was left out of the squad.

"Our bowling department was well served with Ishant Sharma returning, though unfortunately he ended up injured. If so, we were disappointed to see them play with four bowlers," wrote the 2011 World Cup slot machine.

"As I wrote in the past, India always had to play with five skilled bowlers. Besides, they should have kept KL Rahul in the Test squad," he added.