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“If I had To Pick A T20 side, Virat Kohli Probably Wouldn’t Be There” – Ajay Jadeja

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo: Twitter)

Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has raised questions over Virat Kohli’s place in the Indian T20I team. He expressed that the Indian team needs to take a call on whether the former Indian skipper fits in their T20I scheme of things. Virat Kohli is going through a rough patch in his career for the last couple of years. He hasn’t been able to convert his starts and put up a substantial score.

In the second T20I against England on Saturday, Virat Kohli was again dismissed cheaply. He tried to take the aggressive route in the innings, however, it did not pay off. Kohli managed to score one run before getting out to debutant Richard Gleeson in the match. His form has become a cause of worry for the Indian management, with the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 around the corner.

Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja feels India needs to be clear about Virat Kohli’s place in the T20I team. He expressed that he wouldn’t select the 34-year-old in his T20 team at this point. Ajay said on Sony Sports Network,

“Virat Kohli is a choice that you have to make. Do you want to play that solidity at the top and then get runs right at the back? It’s that old-style when Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will bat at the top and you would have players like Dhoni where they get 60 in the last four overs. It depends on who you want to play.  I feel you have a choice, it’s a tough one to make. If I had to pick a T20 side, Virat probably wouldn’t be there.”

The game hasn’t changed, but you have the choice of how you want to play: Ajay Jadeja

The Indian team adopted an aggressive approach in the second T20I against England. Skipper Rohit Sharma began the Indian innings, taking on the opposition bowlers. Despite wickets trembling, India stuck to their new batting approach. They reached 170 runs in twenty overs on the back of Ravindra Jadeja’s 46*. There has been a lot of debate surrounding the high-risk attacking plan in the second T20I.

However, former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has expressed that it’s the skipper Rohit Sharma’s call, on what should be India’s approach in the T20Is. He stated,

“You have been shown that there is another way of playing the same game. You are still scoring around 180 to 200. It’s not that the game has changed, but you have a choice of how you want to play. I think Rohit Sharma will be making that call. I think anyone who is leading the side has only two choices. Either you stick to the way you have been playing (and) give opportunities to youngsters, or you go back to your old team that played before you started trying to give opportunities.”

The India team has an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match T20I series against England. The third and final T20I match will take place on Sunday, July 10 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.


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