Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday responded to Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, thanking him for his supportive gesture.

“Thank you. Keep shining and rising. Wish you all the best,” Kohli said in a tweet.

First, it was Babar who showed sportsmanship and now Kohli has responded to the skipper, showing that sports transcends borders.

“This too shall pass. Stay strong,” Babar had said, in posts he uploaded on all of his social media platforms with a picture of him and Kohli from the T20 World Cup 2021.

Fans from across both nations had praised Babar for his gesture.

Kohli has been going through a prolonged lean patch and has not hit a century since 2019, with his future now a matter of intense public debate in his cricket-obsessed country.

With a number of in-form batsmen pushing for a top-order berth, Kohli’s place in the T20 squad has been questioned, especially ahead of this year’s World Cup in Australia.

He was also dropped for India’s upcoming West Indies tour.

The national selectors did not clarify whether the top-order batter had finally been dropped or was merely being rested over injury concerns ahead of the T20 World Cup.

KEVIN PIETERSEN: After Babar, England great Kevin Pietersen threw his weight behind former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was dropped for the Men In Blue’s upcoming series after his lacklustre performance.

“You go big guy! People can only dream about what you’ve done in cricket. And they’re some of the best players that have played the game,” Pietersen said on Instagram, responding to Kohli’s post.

The former Indian skipper had posted a photo with a backdrop of an inspirational quote.

In his post on Instagram, Kohli said: “Perspective.” He was referring to the quote behind him that read: “What If I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly.”Later, in a separate post, Pietersen told Kohli that there’s way more than just the bubble of cricket out there.

“Buddy, your career has had some of the best that have played the game only wish they could have done what you have(so far). Be proud, walk tall & enjoy life. You’ll be back,” he said.

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