Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has criticised Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian team management for resting Rohit Sharma in the first T20I against England. Rohit’s absence was felt by the team as they scored only 124 with the bat. They lost three wickets inside the powerplay from which they never really recovered. Kohli scored a duck to add to the miseries of Team India. Indian openers KL Rahul (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (4) failed with the bat and the innings never really took off.
Virender Sehwag Slams Virat Kohli
“It was said that Rohit Sharma will take a break in a couple of matches, but does this rule apply for Virat Kohli as well. As a captain, I don’t think he comes and says that I will take a break for the next two or three matches. I don’t remember a time captain Kohli has taken a break by himself. If the skipper is not taking a break, so how does he give others the break? That should depend on the player,” Sehwag said on the show.
Sehwag further said that Rohit will be keen to get back onto the field since he is in form. He gave an example of his Test form to prove his point.
“If Rohit has played the four Tests and performed well and he is in form, so he would be waiting desperately to get back to white-ball cricket and transfer that form. In Test cricket, you don’t get the freedom to express yourself, so when the white-ball comes players generally think ‘why should I defend when I can bat freely, hit fours and sixes while entertaining myself and the crowd as well’,” Sehwag further added.
Virender Sehwag continued his argument with Virat Kohli saying that he rests other players of the team but why does he not rest himself for a few games.