Former India National Cricket Team batter Sanjay Manjrekar has opined that the modern-day batting great Virat Kohli would want to continue as a member of the Indian team in T20I cricket.
Virat Kohli alongside a few seniors was not included in India’s T20I squad for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka and many felt that the selection committee has started phasing out senior players. However, some reports claim that Kohli has just been rested.
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Speaking on ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar pinpointed that Virat Kohli had a stellar run in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and said that he would want to continue in the T20I team. He added that Kohli will be under pressure from players who are getting opportunities to play in his place.
“Virat Kohli had a pretty good World Cup. I would have liked him to play as much international cricket as possible, just to be amongst the runs, hitting the ball virtually every week and be prepared for the match situation is a good thing. The thing is Virat Kohli will now constantly face pressure from others who are getting opportunities in his place,” said Manjrekar on ESPNCricinfo.
“We have seen what the young players have done like Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson when they’ve got the opportunity. So, yes, Virat Kohli is still very much in the plans after the World Cup he had and I’m sure he wants to keep being a member in the T20 side.”
I guess India are looking to give him more one-day time – Sanjay Manjrekar on Virat Kohli
Manjrekar further stated that Kohli is just being given more time in 50-over cricket as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is set to be held in 2023 in India. He added that the “all-time great” Virat Kohli has been highly consistent over the years in ODIs and Tests.
“Since this is 2023, the World Cup year, I guess India are looking to give him more one-day time and one-day cricket is a great format to get back into form. That is where Virat Kohli has shown he is an all-time great in the way he has played over the years, the consistency, and the match-winning ability.
“Test and one-day cricket have been his two greatest formats. So, somewhere, the selectors are looking at Kohli and saying, ‘Let’s get you to play more of 50-overs cricket.'”