Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, has expressed his disagreement with cricket icon Kapil Dev’s remarks about resting the batter from the T20I format.
Virat Kohli’s poor form continued in the fifth and final Test against England, as he scored only 11 and 20 in both innings. He also had a disappointing season with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022. Kohli managed only 341 runs in 16 games, with an average of 22.73 and a strike rate of 115.98. During the tournament, he only managed two half-centuries.
According to rumours, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have the veteran sit out of the ICC World T20I 2022, which will be held in Australia in October of this year.
Virat Kohli Has Done So Much For The Country, He Has 70 Centuries: Rajkumar Sharma
On Saturday, cricket veteran Kapil Dev told the media that Kohli must improve and that if spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is withdrawn from the Test squad, Virat may be dropped from the T20I squad as well.
“I do not support the statements made by Kapil Dev on Virat Kohli. Nothing big happened with Virat that such kind of statement has been issued. Why is there so much hurry with Virat, he has done so well for the country. Making 70 international centuries is not a small thing. I do not think the board will make a decision to have him sit on the bench,” Rajkumar said to ANI.
Virat will play in the second Twenty20 International against England in Birmingham.
In addition, after resting for the three-match ODI series, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, and other senior players are expected to feature in the five-match T20I series against the West Indies.
From July 22, Team India will face the West Indies in a three-match ODI series and a five-match T20I series. The Men in Blue are currently playing England in a multi-format series, with the final match scheduled for July 17.