Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India, has defended Virat Kohli in the wake of his slumping batting performance. Due to workload management, Kohli missed the first Twenty20 International against England but made up the match in the next two, scoring 1 and 11 runs. Many former cricketers and fans criticized Kohli for his poor performance with the bat and demanded that he be dropped, but Gavaskar believes that team management should give the right-handed batter more time.
Gavaskar was honest enough to state that nobody challenges it when Rohit Sharma or any other batter fails to score runs. “Why nobody speaks about Rohit Sharma’s run-scoring struggles is beyond me. No one comments when any other player fails to score runs, “When questioned on Sports Tak whether he was concerned about Kohli’s form, Gavaskar said, “No,”
“Form is temporary and class is permanent.”
From the beginning of his innings against England, Kohli tried to play aggressive cricket but didn’t produce a standout performance.
“If you follow the model Kohli is about to use, where you have to go out and stroke your bat, you will sometimes fail… Our selection committee will give it some thought “Gavaskar stated.
“I believe there is still time (to choose the squad for the T20 World Cup in 2022),” he said.
India defeated England 2-1 in the T20I series, despite losing the last game by 17 runs. Their winning margins in the first two games were 50 and 49 runs, respectively.
A three-match ODI series between the two nations will begin on July 12 at Lord’s London. The Indian team for the series includes Kohli as well.