Sanjay Manjrekar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Sanjay Manjrekar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar recently opened up about the future of veteran batters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in India’s squad in T20I cricket. Sanjay Manjrekar highlighted that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma need to demonstrate their superiority to secure places.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been absent from T20Is since the 2022 World Cup semi-final loss to England, leading to uncertainties about their T20I future. The batting duo took a break from limited-overs cricket during the upcoming multi-format tour of South Africa.

We Have Seen What We Have Got With Great Players – Sanjay Manjrekar

During a discussion on the Star Sports show Game Plan, Manjrekar emphasized that Virat Kohli needs to outperform the current young players, while Rohit Sharma has to prove himself as a better T20 player and captain compared to Hardik Pandya.

“Virat Kohli will have to show that he is a better option than the youngsters who are playing currently, and Rohit Sharma as T20 batter and captain vs Hardik Pandya, the T20 batter, all-rounder and captain,” Manjrekar said.

“This should be the competition and you should only go with merit there because we have seen what we have got with great players, stature and experience,” he added.

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Pick Your Team Based On Form – Manjrekar

The cricketer-turned-commentator suggested that the decision on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s inclusion in India’s T20I squad should be made closer to the World Cup. He advised picking the team based on the players’ form in the lead-up to the event.

“Who knows what’s in store in life? I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. I believe the approach should be extremely simple. We have played a lot of World Cups and haven’t been able to win them.”

“We are maybe playing slightly different cricket in the final stages of World Cups. When something goes out of your hand, simplify it. Pick your team based on form close to the World Cup,” Manjrekar added.

The Men in Blue have faced challenges in global events since their last victory in the 2013 Champions Trophy. In the last four T20 World Cups, they encountered semifinal losses twice, once in the final, and a group stage exit in the 2021 edition of the tournament.

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Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.