Indian cricketer Virat Kohi has been struggling with an inconsistent form for the last couple of years in International cricket. He has failed to convert his starts into substantial scores. Even in the Indian Premier League 2022 this year, the right-handed batter could not make much of an impact. His form has become a concern for the Indian team, ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, later this year in November.
As per a report in the Times of India, Virat Kohli’s future in T20Is hangs in balance. The upcoming T20I series against England could be a make-or-break series for the former Indian skipper. Kohli is rested for the first T20I, however, he will be available for the remaining two matches in England.
The BCCI on Wednesday announced the ODI squad for the West Indies series. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah have all been rested for the series. Opener Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team in absence of the senior players. According to the sources, as reported by TOI, the Indian management is waiting to decide on Virat Kohl’s future in T20Is.
“The T20I team has been withheld to evaluate the rest needed to be given to the top players. Rohit, Pant, and Pandya are likely to play the T20Is in West Indies. Bumrah most likely will not be traveling to the Caribbean. As for Kohli, one needs to see what the team management decides on what it needs for the T20 World Cup. This limited-overs series in England is very crucial for Kohli,” said a source as reported by TOI.
#TeamIndia ODI squad:
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2022
No need to give a break to Virat as he is perfectly fine: Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach
Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has expressed that the Indian cricketer is perfectly fine and does not need any rest. Kohli has been rested for the first T20I against England and the ODI series against West Indies. Rajkumar accepted that the former Indian skipper hasn’t been in the best of forms. However, he added that it is a phase that every good player goes through.
“See, I understand that he (Virat Kohli) has failed to give a brilliant performance for a long time now but that happens to every good player. The ball on which he lost his wicket in the second innings of the fifth Test against England, was really great and could have dismissed any batter. There is no need to give a break to Virat as he is perfectly fine,” said Rajkumar Sharma.
This year, Virat Kohli averages 28.73 in International cricket across formats. In 12 matches, he has scored 431 runs, including four half-centuries. The 34-year-old’s fans are still waiting for his 71st century in International cricket.