Indian captain Rohit Sharma has stated that Virat Kohli will be an option as opener for the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, he termed Kohli as back-up opener, asserting that KL Rahul will open with him during the ICC event Down Under. He further admitted that leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was unfortunate to miss out. However, Ravichandran Ashwin was picked because adds a differ dimension to the bowling.
Team India batter Virat Kohli credited his wife Anushka Sharma for standing by him through thick and thin after registering his 71st international hundred on Thursday, September 8 in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 match against Afghanistan. He also dedicated his century, his first since November 2019, to his wife and daughter Vamika.
India won by a massive 101 runs playing against Afghanistan in a Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai. Virat Kohli scored his maiden T20I century and with this he pockets his 71st international century.
His lack of form may be the big talking point in cricketing circles at present. However, Virat Kohli has asserted that he is batting well. He also stated that there is no specific problem with his batting, unlike the 2014 tour of England, when he kept nicking balls outside the off-stump during Test matches.
Former India coach Ravi Shastri has stated that if Virat Kohli scores a half-century in the first match of the Asia Cup, which will be against Pakistan, “mouths will be shut”. Kohli has been facing a lot of criticism over his poor form lately. He has gone over 1000 days without a hundred and had a poor tour of England in all three formats. He was rested for the West Indies as well as Zimbabwe tour.
Amid the craze of Twenty20 domestic tournaments such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Big Bash and the upcoming UAE T20 League, Test cricket seems losing ground. South African legend Graeme Smith has praised former skipper Virat Kohli for helping India in paving the path of development in the longest format. He stated only a handful of countries are currently contributing to it.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting reckons that India should persist with Virat Kohli despite his poor run of form over the last couple of seasons. According to the Aussie legend, the benefits of sticking to the 33-year-old for the T20 World Cup could be far greater for Team India as opposed to leaving him out.
Former India left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra has backed Virat Kohli and stated that he deserves extra chances despite consistent failures because of his exceptional performances in the past. Kohli has been going through a low phase in recent seasons and has not scored an international century since November 2019. He failed in the two T20Is that he played in against England before missing the first ODI at The Oval due to a groin injury.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has thrown his weight behind out-of-form batter Virat Kohli. He said that despite the lack of runs from Kohli’s blade, it is still a bit too early to worry about his place in the T20 World Cup squad. While admitting that Kohli has been struggling, Gavaskar pointed out that the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma and some others have also failed to deliver in recent times.