Former Indian cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has said that Virat Kohli, who has been struggling to score runs lately, is not the kind of player who should be dropped from the India National Cricket Team.
The 33-year-old Kohli is having an extremely poor run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as he has got out on the golden duck twice and has been dismissed a lot of times in his first 10 balls of the innings. He has scored just 128 runs in the 15th edition of the tournament at an average of 16.00 and strike rate of 119.62.
Meanwhile, the 56-year-old Laxman Sivaramakrishnan while speaking to News18, said that every cricketer at some point in his career goes through a rough patch. He asserted:
“Everybody goes through a rough patch. The best of the best go through a tough time. Whether it is technical error or fatigued mind or whatever, with Kohli, what I see is the fierce competitive nature doesn’t allow these failures to put him back and say ‘I will take a break’.
“The fierce competitive nature that he has, mentally he still believes he can break the shackles. That is his nature. Different people have different natures. Kohli being a very fierce competitor, feels he can get out of the situation by playing.”
Former Indian cricketer was hoping that Virat Kohli is just one good knock away from finding back his original extraordinary form.
“For one who has achieved a lot, you will have to go to the famous saying in Sachin Tendulkar’s Adidas advertisement, ‘Nothing is impossible’. I hope he is just one good knock away from feeling comfortable at the crease. When not in good form, you don’t feel very comfortable at the crease. That is why he gets out early,” he added.
Don’t think Virat Kohli is the kind of player to get dropped – Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Many fans and pundits have questioned Virat Kohli’s automatic selection in India’s playing XI and many suggested that Kohli should not be included in the team if he is completely out of form.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Laxman has opined that Kohli is not the kind of player who should be dropped from the team.
He elaborated: “I don’t think Virat Kohli is the kind of player to get dropped. There have been times in the past when S Venkataraghavan was the Indian team captain and was removed from captaincy just like that.
“There have been times when the Indian team captaincy oscillated between Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. Such things happen in Indian cricket. But Kohli is not the kind of player who should be dropped from the Indian team.”
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