Does it ever drive you crazy? Just how fast the night changes. No one would have imagined a day would come in Indian cricket where experts would question Virat Kohli’s selection in the side. Just two years ago, Kohli was on top of the world. Like he always was. But slowly, things started changing. Fans waited. Selectors waited. But Kohli’s century hasn’t come. It’s not only about the century. There have been far lesser match-winning knocks by Kohli. When we talk about test cricket, the matter becomes worse. While Kohli still has a phenomenal record in T20, the numbers have been slowing go down.
Kohli had a terrible IPL 2022, where his strike rate and average, both took a hit. Now, the competition has got a lot tougher. Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav played a great knock in the T20I opener against England. Both played a quick inning that gave India great stability in the middle overs. Afterward, Hardik Pandya did his job to perfection. Not to forget that Hooda also scored a century against Ireland just a week ago. Understandably, it becomes a tough job for the selectors as to who should they drop for second T20I to accommodate Kohli in the team. Kohli’s ‘selective cricket’ has also come under scrutiny.
Since 2021, Kohli has been skipping some international series in the name of ‘rest’. Experts believe that Kohli should play as much cricket as he can so that he can find his form back. Recently, former India world-cup winning captain stated that the selectors should not select players just on the basis of their ‘reputation’. Instead, selecting in-form players would be great for the Indian team to excel.
Youngsters Should Aim To Outperform Kohli – Kapil Dev
“Play in-form players when you have loads of options,” Kapil told ABP News. “You can’t just go by reputation, but you have to look for current form. You can be an established player but that doesn’t mean that you will be given chances even if you fail five games in a row.
If he isn’t performing, you can’t continue to keep these boys [youngsters] out. I hope there’s a healthy fight for selection, the youngsters should look to outperform Kohli. But Kohli needs to think, ‘yes at one point I was a big player, but I need to play like that No. 1 player again’. That’s a problem for the team, it’s not a bad problem.
The big guys who are missing, KL Rahul (after recovering from injury) and Virat, are going to come back. But India will be happy that they have got the guys to back them up. However, the approach needs to be similar. This is the brand of cricket they need to play if they want to dominate this format. This is something we would like to see from the main guys as well.”