Despite his protracted slump virat Kohli is still one of the top players in the game of cricket. The absence of a century’s top batsman since 2019 has sparked heated public debate over his future with the national team.
While some think Kohli needs a long break to rediscover his mojo, others think the Indian should play often, especially with the World T20 in under three months.
Deepak Hooda took his few chances and scored a T20 Century while Kohli had a terrible time with the racquet. Shreyas Iyer, who has been inconsistent in the battle for the #3 batting spot of late, is also still in contention.
Time for the selectors to decide on Virat Kohli’s replacement: Saba Karim
Former national selector Saba Karim believes Kohli will start at No. 3 and either Hooda or Iyer will emerge as backup candidates for the position.
“Of course, if Virat Kohli is available, he will enter the XI in 3rd place. But it’s time for the selectors to decide who they want as a backup batter in the middle order. If you believe in Shreyas Iyer, you should keep playing him and hope he returns to his form.
But if they’re still experimenting then it’s the right time to play 3rd place Hooda. He is also good with the ball which is a big plus for Team India.” he continued India News Sport.
Virat Kohli will remain in his original #3 spot on the team: Wasim Jaffer
Although Kohli is likely to return to the Asian Cup, it’s still unclear whether team management would give Hooda or Iyer a chance. Even if both are called up for the competition, their chances of making the starting XI now appear slim.
Wasim Jaffer, a former batsman, had already assisted Kohli in his bid to reclaim third place after joining the Indian team. Despite his underperforming, Jaffer placed Kohli in the top three and chose Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as his two opening players.
“Virat will remain in his original #3 spot on the team. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma should open and other players such as Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan can add significantly to the squad.
I think the aggressive approach that India has taken is very nice to see. India’s chances of winning (T20 World Cup) are good”, Jaffer said during the audio portion of the Sharechat app’s “CricChat Powered by Parimatch” session.
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