- Debate on Virat Kohli’s poor form continues
- Kohli’s tour of Zimbabwe is not yet decided
- Former selector refuses to put pressure on Kohli
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli has been struggling with his form for a long time. The pace of runs coming out of his bat is very slow. Before the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia this year, Kohli’s condition has become a cause of concern for the entire team India. On the England tour, he could not cross the 20-run mark in the fifth rescheduled Test at Edgbaston. After this, he continued to struggle in the T20 series as well. He scored a total of 12 runs in his two innings. Finally, in the ODI series against England, he could add 16 and 17 runs in two innings.
Selectors’ silence on Kohli’s current situation
Kohli’s recent form has been poor. He has not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019. He is not a part of the team for the current West Indies tour and there is a long debate every day about his future. The Indian selectors have not yet told whether he was dropped from the team or was rested due to fitness.
Kohli vital to team’s success: Saba Karim
Despite all this, former Indian cricketer and selector of Team India, Saba Karim believes that Kohli remains the most important player for the Indian team in the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November. In fact, they do not want Kohli to be asked to play in the Zimbabwe series to be held in August.
It would be wrong to put pressure on Kohli – Saba Karim
Karim said on a sports channel, “I think the selectors, captain Rohit Sharma or coach Rahul Dravid should talk to them, I don’t want to put pressure on Virat Kohli and say ‘You have to come back and play Zimbabwe series or else we Won’t select you for the upcoming T20 World Cup. If you think he is very important for the success of the team, ask him if he would like to play against Zimbabwe or go straight to the Asia Cup with a little more rest.”
Keeping Kohli out will prove to be a big mistake: Saba Karim
The former selector feels that keeping Kohli out of the team in the current situation will prove to be a big mistake. It would be better if the captain and coach make him realize that despite his poor form, his presence is essential for the success of the team.
Best chance to come back against Zimbabwe
For the former Indian captain, the match against Zimbabwe could prove to be a great time to make a comeback in the team. He has scored 253 runs in 6 innings of 8 ODIs against Zimbabwe, including 1 half-century with 1 century. If the 33-year-old star player manages to score a century in this series of 3 ODIs against Zimbabwe, then this century can prove to be a milestone for him as well as the entire Indian team.
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