Team India have made a winning start to the T20I series beating Australia by 11 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Although Virat Kohli & Co made a winning start, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag once again took a pot shot at the skipper for constantly chopping and changing the playing XI.
The Men in Blues went into the game without the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shreyas Iyer which copped a lot of criticisms. In the light of this, Virender Sehwag asked Virat Kohli as to whether he would become a legendary batsman like he is done if MS Dhoni had dropped him following a poor tour to England in 2014.
The former India opener asked whether any player playing under Virat will say the same thing about him in the future. Sehwag made his comments during a discussion on the constant chopping and changing of players in the Indian set-up on Sony Sports Network.
“Virat Kohli has to think that in the England tour when he had flopped if he was not given opportunities after that, how would he have become such a big player.” Virender Sehwag said.
“He himself says that MS Dhoni has backed him and that he would always remain his captain. Is there any player in this team who will say the same thing for Virat Kohli, it is difficult.” he added.
No rule is applicable to Virat Kohli – Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag further launched a scathed attack on Virat Kohli saying if the rules applicable to others goes for him as well. Sehwag’s comments came after India’s current No.4 Shreyas Iyer was benched from the first T20I. The dashing batsman said if the decision was taken keeping the teams’ cause in mind, then he has no issue with it.
However, if the decision was made purely because of Iyer’s struggles against short-pitch bowling in the ODI series, Iyer should have the guts to ask him.
“If this decision has been taken with the team in mind then it is right else if it has been taken thinking that Shreyas Iyer does not play short-pitched bowling that well and so a chance has been given to someone else, then it will be a different thinking because he has scored runs in the last few T20I matches. So, he should be given chances.” Virender Sehwag asked.
“I will say one more thing, all the rules are applicable to everyone else other than Virat Kohli, no rule is applicable to him. Neither his batting order is changed nor is he left out or given a break when he is out of form. So, that is wrong,” he signed off.