Since November 2019, Virat Kohli has not recorded a century with the bat, and he is having a terrible time.
Intense public discussion has surrounded Virat Kohli's terrible batting performance, particularly as the Indian national team is preparing for this year's World T20 in Australia. The star batsman has gone nearly three years without recording a century in any of the three formats, which has led to a heated discussion about where he fits into the system as it stands. Read More | I was aware of Rohit's severe agony. Key piece of advise from former Pakistani star to India captain: "Even if he rests..."
In the fifth and final Test at Edgbaston, Kohli, who is currently off on the West Indies tour, could only muster 11 and 20 runs. He also continued his batting slump in the Twenty20s, scoring just 12 runs in two innings. The poor performance persisted even in the One-Day Internationals. With scores of 17 and 16 in the two 50-over matches in England, Kohli's miserable streak continued.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former batter who will likely be on the Indian team for the forthcoming Asia Cup, thinks Kohli should have participated in every international match after taking so many breaks in recent years. The 33-year-old has only participated in four 20-over matches since the last World T20, two of which were against the West Indies and two of which were against England.
"I believe that Virat Kohli should have been used in every international game available, regardless of the format, as Virat has had his breaks. People are advising him to take breaks, but he has already taken his breaks. He hasn't played much international cricket over the past two years, according to the cricketer-turned-commentator on SPORTS18's programme Sports Over The Top.
"Perhaps there's some logic there that we're not aware of. Perhaps they spoke with Virat Kohli, but in my opinion, it would have been better for him if he had played more, especially in these matches.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a veteran Indian bowler who has overcome numerous obstacles to achieve his spectacular turnaround in international cricket, was also lauded by Manjrekar.
Despite the pacer's fair share of ailments, nobody ever questioned his ability to swing. His problems started in 2018, when he was forced to skip the Test series in England due to a back issue. He also suffered a hamstring injury during the 2019 ODI World Cup, which prevented him from travelling with Australia.
Bhuvneshwar just gave an interview and is currently at the top of his game. We speculated 18 months ago that he might not have an international career. He has, however, recovered remarkably and will undoubtedly make the T20 world cup squad. And he said, "As I bowl more, I find my rhythm," Manjrekar recalled.
Playing, as is the case with many athletes, is the best way to get out of a slump, according to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Therefore, maybe that will happen soon.