Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra is surprised that senior India players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have opted to rest during the ODI series in West Indies. The three-match ODI series against West Indies will take place from July 22, Friday at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. The duo has not been in the best of forms and has struggled to make an impact for their teams recently.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were rested for the T20I series against South Africa at home earlier this year. Rohit even missed the fifth rescheduled Test against England due to the covid-19 virus. The duo along with other senior players have opted to rest for the ODI series against West Indies.
Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has questioned the decision of senior players resting for the upcoming series. He expressed that unlike earlier, these days players are rested when they are out of form. In a video on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said,
“What is with all the rest? How much rest do you want? Earlier, when a player used to be out of form, he used to be dropped and picked again only when he scored runs in domestic cricket. But now whenever someone is out of form, he rests. Are you guys not worried about it?”
Whenever someone is out of form, he should play as much cricket as possible: Aakash Chopra
Several former cricketers have advised out-of-form Virat Kohli to take rest and spend some time off the field. However, Aakash Chopra disagrees. He expressed that if a player is out of form, he should spend time playing the sport. Aakash added that the players had a long rest during the pandemic.
“I personally think whenever someone is out of form, he should play as much cricket as possible. When there were strict bio bubbles, there was no cricket for almost six months in 2020 from March to September. Next year again you play one-half of IPL. Then after a gap of three-four months, you played the second half. So it’s already a rest of ten months in 2-3 years. You don’t get any more rest than this in professional sport,” said Aakash Chopra.