During the second ODI against England, India was bowled out for 146 and former Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s dismal run continued as he was dismissed on just 16 runs. The cricket world remain divided over the poor form of Virat Kohli and former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif also had his say on the matter.
The former Pakistan captain has always backed Virat Kohli by saying that he will score an ODI century soon, however, the Indian batter has stayed far from the three-run-mark in ODIs.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel, the retired cricketer Rashid Latif claimed that no Indian selector can drop the 33-year-old batter. He said, “India mein wo selector paida nahi hua hai jo Virat ko drop kar sake.”
Latif further questioned the consistency of Team India in the ICC tournaments as he believed Virat is blamed just to keep others safe. “You are talking about one player, but the entire Indian team isn’t winning consistently either. You are putting the gun on Virat’s shoulders and keeping the other players safe. You look at the 2019 World Cup, 2021 T20 World Cup.. even when Virat didn’t perform, what were the others doing?” Latif said.
“Modern-day cricket is different. Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Kohli, Rohit Sharma.. everyone has some weakness or the other and they are exposed soon enough because of the technology we have now. But they haven’t changed their game,” he added.
The ex-Pakistan captain also drew attention on New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson by saying the Kiwi is experiencing the same phase as Kohli. “Kane Williamson is enduring a similar phase as Kohli. Short of length deliveries are a weakness for him. They all have to go to their basics, you need to consult your best coaches and work on your weaknesses,” Latif said on his official YouTube channel.