'Why no one speaks out when Rohit Sharma or anyone else isn’t among the runs' - Sunil Gavaskar backs Virat Kohli amid his poor form
He also felt that the ODI series has come at the right time for the former Indian captain.
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Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has backed Virat Kohli and supported the senior pro as he has been under the scanner for quite some time now due to his recent struggles with the bat. The batting maestro hasn’t been playing at his best lately since he’s found it difficult to produce big runs in all three formats and questions concerning Kohli’s inclusion in India’s T20I playing XI have been brought up by a number of former crickets and fans.
Gavaskar believes that Kohli has been the focus of more criticism than other players, despite the fact that even the captain, Rohit Sharma, is having a difficult time right now. Gavaskar asserted that while batting with the reckless style that Team India is currently attempting to adopt, players are bound to fail occasionally.
“I don’t understand why no one speaks out when Rohit Sharma or anyone else isn’t among the runs? The template that the team is using now of playing attacking cricket, you are bound to fail when it doesn’t come off. We have a good enough selection committee to think about this and take a call,” Gavaskar told SportsTak.
He also stated that there is no rush in selecting the players for the T20 WC squad because India would play in the Asia Cup before the ICC competition, allowing them to select their ideal team. The Asia Cup will be a major tournament for the Indian players, and the selectors will be able to get good clarity for the squad selection for the World Cup.
“I still feel there are about two more months before you have to announce your T20 World Cup squad. There are good teams who will play in Asia Cup and you can decide on your team based on the performance then. No need to jump the gun at the moment,” he added.
The ODI series has come at the right time for Kohli: Gavaskar
Regarding Virat Kohli’s performances, Gavaskar added that the next ODI series against England will benefit the former Indian skipper in regaining his form. In the third T20I match-up against England, Kohli was dismissed on 11 as he attempted to attack the bowlers while catching up with India’s new batting strategy. He struck a four and a six before getting out off the very next delivery.
“Yes, the ODI series has come at the right time for him. He can get a few overs to get set, and understand the conditions and whether there’s swing in the air or bounce in the pitch. So I think this is a great format for Kohli. When your team has embraced this template of attacking cricket, maybe Kohli must have thought that he needs to get as many runs as possible in lesser deliveries so that it will be beneficial for both him and his team,” Gavaskar further said.