Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has defended the former India captain Virat Kohli Joe is facing a lot of scrutiny for his lean patches with the bat. The batting maverick has not been at his best in recent times as he struggles to score big runs in all three formats. Several former cricketers and fans have raised questions over Kohli’s place in India’s T20I playing XI.
However, Gavaskar feels that Kohli has been targeted more than other players as he pointed out that skipper Rohit Sharma is also going through a rough patch but no one is questioning his place. Rohit has scored 182 runs in 9 T20 matches this year at an average of 20.22, while his IPL season with the bat has also been very poor.
Gavaskar said that while batting with the fearless attitude that Team India is trying to adopt at the moment, players are bound to fail on some occasions.
“I don’t understand why no one speaks when Rohit Sharma or someone else is not among the run-scorers? When the template the team is now using to play attacking cricket doesn’t come out you fail. We have enough selection committee to think about it and take a decision,” Gavaskar told SportsTalk.
Gavaskar said there is no rush to judge the players for the T20 World Cup squad as India will play the Asia Cup ahead of the ICC tournament through which they can pick their best team.
“I still think you have about two more months to announce your T20Is.” World Cup Squad. There are good teams that will play in the Asia Cup and then you can decide your team on the basis of performance. There is no need to jump the gun at the moment,” he said.
On Kohli’s form, Gavaskar further said that the upcoming ODI series against England will help Kohli get back in form.
He said, ‘Yes, the ODI series has come at the right time for him. He can take a few overs to get set up, and understand the conditions and whether it’s swing in the air or bounce in the pitch. So I think it’s a great format for Kohli.
Kohli was dismissed for 11 in the third T20I against England as he looked to attack the bowlers adopting India’s new batting approach.
“When your team has adopted this pattern of aggressive cricket, Kohli might have thought that he needs to score more runs in fewer balls so that it is beneficial for both him and his team,” Gavaskar said.