Sunil Gavaskar has come in support of Virat Kohli amidst the former skipper’s poor run of form. The Delhi batter has been under the radar for his below-par performances and has been struggling to get the runs across all formats of the game. Due to this, the runs have dried up for him.
Kohli has copped the brunt of a fair bit of criticism from the fans and also from former cricketing pundits who are questioning his place. In the recently-concluded three-match T20I series against England, a string of low scores indicated that his poor form has continued.
The Little master pointed out that if so much of the spotlight has been shown on Virat Kohli, then, why is no one questioning Rohit Sharma’s poor run of form. Rohit Sharma is having a difficult time right now. Gavaskar asserted that while batting with the reckless style that Team India is currently attempting to adopt, players are bound to fail occasionally. He also spoke about the new template that India were adopting for playing T20 cricket.
“I don’t understand why no one speaks out when Rohit Sharma or anyone else isn’t among the runs? The template that the team is using now of playing attacking cricket, you are bound to fail when it doesn’t come off. We have a good enough selection committee to think about this and take a call,” said Sunil Gavaskar, while speaking to SportsTak.
He also stated that no rushed decisions should be made on the 20-20 World Cup selection, and that the selectors should take their time and adjudge the players to be selected based on good performances in the Asia Cup which will help the selection panel to select the best possible squad for the world cup.
“I still feel there are about two more months before you have to announce your T20 World Cup squad. There are good teams who will play in Asia Cup and you can decide on your team based on the performance then. No need to jump the gun at the moment,” said Gavaskar
The Little master further went on to say that the ODI games have come at the right time for Virat and runs against the England ODI side will help him get back to top-notch form.
“Yes, the ODI series has come at the right time for him. He can get a few overs to get set, and understand the conditions and whether there’s swing in the air or bounce in the pitch. So I think this is a great format for Kohli. When your team has embraced this template of attacking cricket, maybe Kohli must have thought that he needs to get as many runs as possible in lesser deliveries so that it will be beneficial for both him and his team,” Gavaskar further said.