Virat Kohli has not been among the runs for more than a year and his selection gets pinpointed with every series passing by now and then. Kohli’s lean patch with the bat has been in the limelight since the time he relinquished Indian team captaincy from all formats.
Kohli scored 11 and 20 in the rescheduled fifth Test against England, which India lost by seven wickets and levelled the series 2-2. He was rested for the first T20I but returned with scores of 1 and 10 in the next two games.
Should Virat Kohli return to domestic cricket?
Fans and experts have become anxious to watch Kohli notch up his 71st international hundred and match the tally of former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting (71 hundreds – 41 Tests and 30 ODIs).
Amid Kohli’s lack of runs, many experts like Misbah-ul-Haq suggested the former Indian captain should return to domestic cricket and regain his mojo by scoring ample runs.
Virat Kohli may have a tough time if he doesn’t perform well in Ranji Trophy: Monty Panesar
Former England spinner Monty Panesar, who played 50 Tests, 26 ODIs and one T20I at the international level, didn’t buy the theory of sending Kohli back to domestic cricket but instead asked him to hold back in international cricket and cement his position for the mega events like World Cups.
“He’s probably fearful. If he goes back into Ranji Trophy and doesn’t perform well, he may have a tough time then. Virat is going through a rough phase. But a player like Virat needs just one innings to regain everything. His main aim is to win the T20 World Cup and then the 50-over World Cup,” Panesar told TimesofIndia.com.
Virat will be in the ICC Hall of Fame. He is just one century away from Ricky Ponting (overall across formats). He is in the top 3 in the world. After Sachin and Ponting, Virat is up there,” he added.
Kohli sustained a groin injury during the third T20I at Trent Bridge and that forced him out of the first One-Day International match against England at The Oval. There is no confirmation regarding his participation in the Lord’s ODI on Thursday (July 14) with reports suggesting that the senior Indian batter is yet to recover from the injury.