Newshub18 :No rest, Virat Kohli has been cut from the team, thinks Kapil Dev.The 2022 T20 World Cup is slowly approaching. The Indian team has already played several T20 series as part of preparation for the World Cup. Several cricketers have been met with opportunities. Before the Asia Cup, the West Indies tour of the five-match T20 series was the idea of the selectors to decide on a specific team for the World Cup. Because the selectors in the Asia Cup are going to play the team that can perform well on the ground of the World Cup.
But Virat Kohli has put some obstacles in that plan of the selectors. Virat Kohli himself has asked for rest despite keeping all the star cricketers in the team against the Caribbean. BCCI did not want to take any risk with Jasprit Bumrah so he too has been rested before the Asia Cup. Because his World Cup squad is pretty much guaranteed. Virat Kohli is currently going through the ultimate off-form and this West Indies tour could be very important for him. But it is heard that he wants to rest himself.
However, former Indian legendary cricketer Kapil Dev sees the whole incident in a different way. He felt that neither Virat Kohli himself rested nor the selectors gave him rest. In fact, Virat Kohli has been cut from the team due to off-form. Earlier, the World Cup-winning captain had commented on whether Virat Kohli should be dropped from the T20 team. There is no doubt that this new comment of his will create a new controversy.
Kapil Dev said, “I understand the task was not easy for the selectors. Virat Kohli is the biggest name in Indian cricket right now. The announcement that he was being dropped from the team could have caused a huge backlash. Rather, the idea that it has been rested helps reduce controversy.” However, Indian captain Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli himself has not commented on this idea of Kapil Dev.
Virat Kohli has been rested for the West Indies tour. Former selector Sarandeep Singh has raised questions about this decision of the team management from the selectors. He does not understand why Virat Kohli has been given a hard time. Virat Kohli has not been a name in the Indian team jersey for a long time. About which everyone is gradually getting worried. Criticism begins. Meanwhile, former selector Sarandeep Singh is very angry that Virat Kohli was rested against West Indies.
Indian team is currently playing one day series against England. Despite showing a poor performance in the first match, Team India lost to England in the second match. Virat Kohli returned to the team after recovering from injury in that match. But he failed to get big runs with the bat. He had to return to the dressing room with a catch in the hands of the wicket keeper. Virat Kohli could only score 16 runs.
Virat Kohli managed to score only 16 runs in the first ODI against England
On the same day, the board announced the team for the T20 series against the West Indies. Responding to Virat Kohli’s appeal, the selectors of the Indian team finally decided to rest him. And after seeing such a decision, former Indian team selector Sarandeep Singh was shocked. According to him, even if Virat Kohli is rested, it is not certain that he will be able to return to form.
In this context, Sarandeep Singh said, “I understand Ma what is the meaning of sudden rest at this moment. If one does a hundred then it may be time to give him rest. Had he played for three to four months in a row and scored 4 to 5 centuries, Virat Kohli’s request for rest would have been granted. And in that situation he could have asked for rest”.
After the IPL, the board decided to rest the experienced cricketers of the Indian team. He did not play against South Africa. Virat Kohli returned in the Test match against England. But he failed in that match as well. Virat Kohli scored only 31 runs in two innings. Virat Kohli managed to score 11 runs in the first innings. The former India captain returned to Sajghar with just 20 runs in the second innings.
He was also a final failure on the stage of IPL this time. Sarandeep Singh cannot support the decision to rest Virat Kohli again in that situation. According to him, Virat Kohli’s return to form can never depend on rest.