Virat Kohli finds himself in the midst of a seemingly endless form slump. Kohli’s lack of a century till last year was a big worry, but his struggle to score half-centuries in 2022 has worried the Indian team. Kohli is getting support from his captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid and other teammates, but no one is turning a blind eye to the fact that Kohli is in the midst of a dry patch.
To add to the drama, the fact that Kohli is constantly given breaks makes things more interesting. After a forgettable tour of England where Kohli’s highest score was 20 in six innings, the former India captain will not tour the West Indies or Zimbabwe. Kohli will use this period to spend time with his family in London before returning to the squad for the Asia Cup starting in the second half of August. By then, the T20 World Cup is less than two months away and Kohli will indeed be up against the clock if he fails with the bat once again.
For now, Kohli’s place in India’s T20 World Cup is under no threat but that doesn’t guarantee a change between now and then. Indian legendary wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani has weighed in on the matter, but feels Kohli should play the T20 World Cup for India. Kirmani has missed Kohli’s status here and feels the star India batsman is just one knock away from returning to his run-scoring ways.
“Virat Kohli has a lot of experience. He should be in the T20 World Cup squad. Once Kohli returns to form he is unstoppable. He can be a game changer. A player with Kohli’s experience and ability deserves a World Cup team,” Kirmani told Dainik Jagran.
Recently, Deepak Hooda played some brilliant innings for India against Ireland and England, but he had to make way for Kohli after his return. Kirmani feels that while there are many youngsters knocking at the door, Kohli will be exempted as he has done enough for Indian cricket.
“There is tough competition in the Indian team. Look, if anyone else was facing a rough patch like Kohli, he would have been dropped from the team by now. But I think an established player should be given the benefit of the doubt,” added Kirmani, a member of India’s 1983 World Cup squad.