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Should be in India’s T20 WC squad: Syed Kirmani comes out in support of Virat Kohli

Kohli only scored 76 runs in the recently concluded England tour.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 21 July 2022 7:00 pm

Syed Kirmani

Several cricketing experts have come out to voice their opinions on the slump of form suffered by former India captain Virat Kohli. Now, former India wicketkeeper-batter and 1983 World Cup winner Syed Kirmani has commented on Kohli’s current form.

Kirmani talked about how important is Kohli to the team as one of the most experienced players. Similarly, he feels that now with respect to his recent performances no one knows when will he return to his past form. 

“Virat Kohli is a role model. He is such an experienced player that from every aspect he is a role model. He should be part of the T20 team. He should most certainly be part of the T20 team. One never knows, one fine day he will return to form and be a game-changer. Such experienced players should be part of the team so that the younger players learn from him,” Kirmani said.

“The team’s balance should be such that there are both experienced and young players. The ratio should be 50-50 in the T20 World Cup team. 50 per cent seniors and 50 per cent youngsters. The selection of the team should be done that way,” he continued.

An established player like Virat should be part of the team: Kirmani

Kirmani then addressed how if it was any other player other than Kohli, he would be left out of the team. The wicketkeeper-batter said, “There is intense competition among the Indian players. See, if in place of Virat Kohli, there was some other out-of-form player, he would have been out of the team by now. But according to me, an established player like Virat should be part of the team.”

Kohli only managed to score 11 and 20 in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston and continued his bad form in the T20Is scoring only 12 runs in two innings. After this, he scored 17 and 16 runs in the three-match ODI series against England.

Like the England tour, Kohli had a disappointing IPL 2022, where he could score only 341 runs in 16 games at an average of 22.73 and a strike rate of 115.98. Throughout the tournament, he could only score two half-centuries.

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