Former Indian selector Sarandeep Singh has questioned the decision to rest Virat Kohli for the upcoming tour of the West Indies. The BCCI announced the squad for the West Indies tour before the second ODI against England. Virat Kohli has been given rest in both the T20I and the ODI format. This decision has drawn a lot of criticism from fans and experts.
Virat Kohli has been going through a lean patch in his career. He has failed to put up impactful performances for the Indian team. His last international century came against Bangladesh in 2019. In ongoing India’s tour of England, Kohli has scored only 59 runs in five innings so far.
Former selector Sarandeep Singh expressed that he does understand why Kohli has been rested for the West Indies series, amid a slump in his batting form. Speaking to the NDTV, he said, that a player should rest, when doing well, and not when struggling to get runs. Sarandeep Singh stated,
“I do not understand what is the meaning of rest? You can only rest if you are scoring 100s. We can understand if he is playing for the last 3 months, has scored 4/5 100s, he has got the liberty to take rest, and then he can say he needs rest.”
India's squad for the five-match T20I series against the West Indies has been announced.
Kohli, Bumrah are rested while Ashwin is back in the squad.
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) July 14, 2022
Sitting out and resting will not help you to get back in form: Sarandeep Singh
Former selector Sarandeep Singh highlighted Virat Kohli has missed a lot of matches this year. The veteran India batter missed the second Test against South Africa earlier this year due to upper back spasms. He was rested for the third T20I against West Indies and also the Sri Lanka series. Virat Kohli also missed five T20Is against South Africa.
Sarandeep expressed that a player cannot get back to form while resting. He said,
“Even before IPL, he played 2 Test matches and did not play ODIs and T20Is. Then after IPL, he did not play the T20Is against South Africa. Sitting out and resting will not help you to get back in form.”