Virat Kohli is in a situation where he may need to put in a lot of effort to keep his spot in the forthcoming T20 World Cup in October, nine months after giving up the T20I captaincy.
A team for three ODI matches in the West Indies later this month was chosen by the national selectors on Wednesday. Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja are most apparently going to be the team’s leaders.
Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Rohit Sharma, who serves as the team’s permanent all-format captain, have all received a rest.
According to TOI, the team is likely to travel to the Caribbean for the upcoming five-match T20I series with Rohit, Pant, and Pandya. How Kohli performs in the two T20Is and ODIs in England over the next ten days will determine how long he plays in Twenty20 matches.
Limited-overs series in England is very crucial for Virat Kohli:
Sources claim that Kohli’s inclusion in the T20I middle order is unclear to the Indian team administration and selectors. “The T20I team has been deferred as it is determined how much rest the top players will need. The T20Is in West Indies are set to include Rohit, Pant, and Pandya. Most likely, Bumrah will not be visiting the Caribbean. To determine Kohli’s needs for the T20 World Cup, one must wait and watch what the team management decides. For Kohli, this limited-overs series in England is vital” a source said on Wednesday.
Since more than a year ago, Kohli’s manner in all formats has not been convincing. Even in this year’s IPL, his T20 cricket problems were evident. He has come across as a pale imitation of his energetic self.
Kohli might also be losing ground in the race given that India has a lot of younger and more exciting centre-order options, including Suryakumar Yadav, Pant, Pandya, Jadeja, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson, and Shreyas Iyer. Since November, Kohli has played in six Tests, six ODIs, and two T20Is.