Former India skipper Virat Kohli inconsistency in his performance form over the last couple of years has become a concern for the Indian team ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Cricket experts on Virat Kohli performance
According to reports, the Indian management is not sure of the right-handed batter’s place in the squad for the mega-event T20 World Cup, which will take in Australia in November this year.
Virat Kohli played the final two T20Is against England and could only return scores of 1 and 11.
As Virat Kohli continues his flat form with the bat, the pressure on him has been growing.
With the likes of Deepak Hooda impressing with his fabulous show in Kohli’s place when the former Indian captain was with the Test team or rested from the side.
The calls to replace Kohli with younger options have been growing and the committee is thinking about it.
Former India captain Kapil Dev recently commented on the matter and said that he should be dropped if he can’t put in good performances, despite being a “well-known established player”.
The International Cricket Council shared a particular quote from Kapil Dev.
“Play in-form players when you have loads of options.
You can’t just go by reputation but you have to look for the current form.
You can be an established player but that doesn’t mean that you will be given chances even if you fail five games in a row,”
Kapil had said.
Australia opener Usman Khawaja, however, came up with hilarious response to the post, suggesting that India’s opponents would welcome the move to drop Kohli from the T20 team.
Commenting on ICC’s post, Khawaja wrote:
“averages 50 at almost 140. Good call. Australia Agrees.“
His comment got over 18,000 ‘likes’, with several users also circulating screenshots of it on Twitter.
Kohli played the final two T20Is against England and could only return scores of 1 and 11.
With the 2022 T20, World Cup in Australia set to kick off in October, India will be hoping that Kohli can find form sooner rather than later.
“If You Value The Asset Then…“:
Graeme Swann‘s Advice For Fans Regarding Virat Kohli Former England spinner Graeme Swann advised Indian fans to go easy on Virat Kohli if they value the “asset”
Virat Kohli failed to get going in the third T20I against England as he scored just 11 runs.
His innings started in the best manner possible as he struck a boundary and six, but in trying to force the accelerator, the batter perished.
In the series against England, Kohli registered scores of 1 and 11, and the debate regarding his future in the T20I setup has gained more steam.
Former England spinner Graeme Swann has issued advice to Indian fans, saying if they value the “asset”, then they need to go easy on Virat Kohli.
“Maybe when you have got a player as good as him, if he was English and I was in the English media,
I would be saying hey, we need to ease up on him, we need to take pressure off our star asset so that he performs rather than putting more undue pressure on him, just saying,“
Swann said on the Sony Sports Network after the third T20I.
“As a player, you would feel the pressure from fans, and fans have a job,
that you can make it easier for your players or you can make it harder.
If you do not want Virat Kohli in your team anymore, by all means,
keep on heaping the pressure or if you value the asset, then go easy on him,“
he stated further.
Former India batter Ajay Jadeja agreed with Swann, saying Kohli should be given a little more time and it will only get better for Kohli going ahead.
“It comes with this territory because the expectation is so much,
Virat Kohli, we have just gotten used to him scoring runs and hundreds game after game.
I am with Swann;
he is your asset and you have to let him be.
Let him play, you know what you are going to get,“
said Ajay Jadeja on Sony Sports Network.
“Do you know what is the best of Kohli, at the moment you are probably getting the worst of Virat Kohli?
He is only going to get better, I am with Swann, take the pressure off him rather than putting more on him.
Give him a little more time, let him take more time, you are trying out players anyway, why don’t you give him a little extra time,“
In the third T20I, India suffered a 17-run loss as the Rohit Sharma side failed to chase down 216.
England batted first and posted 215/7 in 20 overs.
Dawid Malan top-scored with a knock of 77 runs while Liam Livingstone remained unbeaten on 42.
For India, Ravi Bishnoi returned with two wickets.
Chasing 216, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and it was only Suryakumar Yadav who stayed at the crease for a long haul.
The batter was finally dismissed by Moeen Ali in the 20th over.
India and England will square off against each other in the three-match ODI series now, beginning Tuesday at the Oval, London.
So these matters about Kohli are roaming, hoping King Kohli give his best in the future.