‘You can’t leave him straight because…’: Ashish Nehra addresses Virat Kohli’s struggle with the bat

A new debate has broken out on social media in the past few weeks. Several former cricketers expressed concern over out-of-form Indian players being rested instead of being dropped and the latest comment was made by former bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad.

Following India’s 17-run loss in the final T20I against England at Nottingham, in which Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma scored just 11, Prasad tweeted, adding that earlier the big guns like Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble had faced the ax when they didn’t perform. But now, the trend has changed ‘quite’ and has been replaced by ‘relaxation’.

Before Prasad, former opener Aakash Chopra had also raised the same point in one of his youtube videos While the great Kapil Dev said that if a player like Ravichandran Ashwin can be benched in Tests, why shouldn’t Kohli face the same fate.

Former pacer Ashish Nehra, who has shared the dressing room with several Indian stalwarts, feels that being out of the team is not always the solution.

News18 CricketNext’s question answered in a select media interaction organized by Sony Play network, east India The international said that the increasing number of cricket activities and life in bio-bubbles take a toll on players’ minds and bodies for which a person needs rest.

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“This is not the first time that a player who has been in poor form has been rested. I agree that if a player isn’t consistent over a long period of time, he or she faces the axe.

“For example, Virat Kohli. He has scored enough runs in international cricket and has done a lot for the country. So, you can’t just drop him straight away because of his lack of runs. Yes, he has not been consistent and he himself must have known that he has not performed to the best of his ability. But leaving a person is not always a solution,” Nehra told News18 CricketNext.

“There’s a lot of cricket going on. And if Virat hasn’t scored runs in T20Is, Rohit hasn’t. Neither has he had a good IPL season. But now the latter’s scores in ODIs have taken a hit in the form of a half-century which is majorly his confidence.” enhances.

“When all formats are talked about collectively, there are some pros and cons. If you don’t score in Tests and T20Is, but get a hundred or two fifties in a 3-match series, there you go; You are full of confidence. Previously, there were fewer formats. But now there are more of them. The higher the number of formats, the higher the chances of scoring or failing,” he said.

Nehra, who has 235 international wickets to his name and as of 2011 World The Cup Winner stated that the decision to rest a player depends on the situation, explaining how the process should generally be carried out.

“But the concept of resting does not go with every player and depends on the situation. It needs to be analyzed which player needs to be rested and who should be played next. If a young player has a bad series And gets dropped for the next one, his confidence will be affected. Instead, if he gets the chance and does well, he cements his place in the team,” said Nehra.

“But players like Kohli, Rohit or Bumrah, who are playing in all formats and bouncing with bubbles, should be given rest. A break always helps a player to freshen up. And it is an endless debate whether to drop an out-of-form player or be rested,” he said.

Ashish Nehra commented that dropping an out-of-form player is the easiest thing for management to do. Instead, governing bodies should focus on how to help someone who is struggling to perform to the best of their ability.

“Leaving is the easiest way. The team management should focus on how to help a struggling cricketer. Somebody asks me ‘Is Virat Kohli good enough to play for India’, in fact, in us Most people would agree with that. Yes, he is not in form, but it is just a matter of innings,” concluded Nehra.

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