Virat Kohli has looked like a pale shadow of the great batter that the world had known of him. The right-handed batter has not been able to score big runs in recent times and the trend continued in the second and third T20I against England where the former captain got out for scores of 1 and 11 respectively.
While there were not many voices initially questioning Kohli’s place in the team due to his great record across formats for a prolonged period of time, there have been a few who want India’s team to be picked sheerly on the basis of current form and not give a long run to Kohli.
Ex-India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad also seems to be of a similar opinion. In his tweet after yet another failure from Kohli’s bat, he did not name the batter but said that the yardstick of dropping players has changed.
He cited the example of former India captain Sourav Ganguly, 2011 World Cup-winning team’s Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Test triple centurion Virender Sehwag who had all been dropped at some points in their careers due to a dip in their performances.
Prasad also added the names of India’s greatest left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan and highest-wicket taker Anil Kumble to the list of players who had to sit out for the “larger good.”
Changed drastically now, where there is rest for being out of form. This is no way for progress. There is so much talent in the country and cannot play on reputation. One of India’s greatest match-winner, Anil Kumble sat out on so many ocassions, need action’s for the larger good
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 10, 2022
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team won the three-match T20I series against England 2-1. They won the first two matches by big margins of 50 and 49 runs but lost the final game by 17 runs after Suryakumar Yadav’s hundred brought them close. While chasing 216, India were kept down to 198/9.