A former player slams Kohli and Rohit for skipping the WI ODIs, telling them to "shoot advertising d

Updated: Jul 19

When Kohli rejoins the Indian team for the second Twenty20 match against England, Rohit Sharma may start alongside him, with the in-form Deepak Hooda continuing to bat at position three.


Virat Kohli may be one of the best players in the history of cricket, but recently, he has been nothing more than a shell of the man he once was. The unpredictable player missed the home series against South Africa and extended his dry spell with scores of 11 and 20 throughout two innings in the fifth Test against England that was rescheduled. Since India's disappointing performance in the World T20 in the UAE last year, Kohli, who last played in a Twenty20 international in February, has only appeared in two games.

When Kohli rejoins the squad for the second Twenty20 match against England, he might start alongside Rohit Sharma, with the in-form Deepak Hooda continuing to bat at position three. The focus now shifts to Kohli, albeit he will again be rested for the ODI series against the West Indies, which starts on July 22.

For the three ODIs, Kohli and all-formats skipper Rohit Sharma are among those who have been rested, with Shikhar Dhawan leading the Indian team. It should be noted that Rohit missed the fifth Test against England because of a positive Covid-19 test. Many people, notably former India all-rounder Karsan Ghavri, have questioned the team management's choice to rest both of its key players.

The Indian team has recently experienced frequent cutting and shifting as workload management has entered the picture. Seven different captains have been chosen in the same number of series as a result of it.


"How much sleep do Rohit and Virat require? Virat batted in the Test match for how long? Their top priority should be to play for India. Instead of while representing India during the IPL, you should aim for commercials. In the interest of managing your workload, you cannot request frequent breaks "Ghavri stated in a Sportskeeda interview.


For the away series, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, two additional senior players, have also been rested. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, a young duo, are also left out.


Why did they send Rohit Sharma to England, in Rohit Sharma's words? He will only play limited-overs games going forward after sitting out the Test. Does he still require a rest period? He has had enough sleep, the man continued.


Ghavri, who has participated in 19 ODIs and 9 Test matches for India, gave his thoughts on Kohli's rough stretch, stating that the decision should be made only based on merit. Since he hasn't scored a century since 2019, Kohli has sparked a lot of discussion among fans and experts over his disastrous run.

"Players ought to be chosen based on merit. Virat has frequently brought honor to India, but if he's not playing well, dismiss him. That's all there is to it."


"Bring the boys who are in shape in. Although Virat Kohli is well-known, where are the runs? Based on your prior performance, how long can you play? He has yet to reach 27 Test hundreds. Joe Root, who was behind him until recently, has suddenly overtaken him "Ghavri remarked.


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