Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra has opined that keeping Virat Kohli out of India’s T20 Internationals playing XI and adding only aggressive batters to the team won’t be a wise decision.

Virat Kohli has officially quit the T20 and T20 Internationals captaincy now. Kohli had announced that after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 he will step down from the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and he had also said that ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be his last T20 Internationals run as a skipper.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credits: ICC

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With him leaving the T20I captaincy there are speculations that he might be dropped from the team and India will be looking forward to adding only aggressive batters in the line-up.

No One Can Provide Stability To A Batting Order Better Than Virat Kohli – Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra (Twitter)
Ashish Nehra (Twitter)

However, Ashish Nehra doesn’t like the idea to drop Kohli and adding only power hitters to the team. He wants Kohli to continue as a batter in the Indian team as he believes that no one can provide stability to the team as Kohli does. Speaking on Cricbuzz Nehra stated:

He has to continue in T20Is because the next T20 World Cup will be in Australia, which has big grounds like the UAE. Plus, you are likely to get better pitches in Australia than the UAE,” Nehra said on Cricbuzz.

“Even in this tournament, during the game against Pakistan, Kohli made an important contribution.”

“If you keep him out and go entirely with aggressive batters like Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya as your no.3, 4, and 5, it won’t work every time. No one can provide stability to a batting order better than Virat Kohli,” added Nehra.

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Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Credits: ICC

Further talking about India’s top 3 in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Nehra said India shouldn’t make any changes and KL Rahul should continue to open the innings with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli should bat at number 3 as he has a big role to play in the team. Nehra said:

Your top-2 has Rohit and Rahul, and then Virat Kohli. You need a good combination of experience and youth.”

“In recent times, we have seen more aggressive batters in the Indian team. Among such power-hitters, even if India decide to play T10, Virat Kohli has a big role to play.”

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