Former India cricketer Saba Karim has expressed that senior India players Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli will walk into India’s playing XI for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. However, he added that if required, the selectors should have a hard conversation with the trio.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not in the best of forms at the moment. On the other hand, KL Rahul had a good outing in the Indian Premier League. However, his strike rate was a cause of concern. In the absence of this trio in the recently concluded T20I against South Africa, opener Ishan Kishan performed brilliantly.
The left-hander finished the series as the leading run-getter, scoring runs at an average of 41.20 in five innings. However, despite his fantastic performance, he is unlikely to feature in India’s starting XI for the World Cup.
“A tough call for the selectors. At this stage, I’m sure all three of them (Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul) will walk into the XI,” said former India cricketer Saba Karim in reply to a Hindustan Times query in a select media interaction organized by Sony Sports Network.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are currently in England for the fifth rescheduled test match against England. Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been ruled out due to an injury.
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma understand the needs of modern T20 batting: Saba Karim
Former India cricketer Saba Karim further added that Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul need to find solutions and get better in the T20 format. He added that if required the selectors need to speak to the trio, ahead of the World Cup. Saba Karim stated,
“If such criticism is being leveled at them, it is up to them to find a solution. So that they emerge in a much better manner. And if it’s not happening then the team management or selectors need to have hard conversations with the individuals involved. There is stiff competition coming through.”
“The players whom you have named enough experience to make the required changes in their batting so that it is beneficial for the national side. I’m sure they understand the needs of modern T20 batting,” he added.