Former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif said that there is a lack of clarity in the current group of Indian cricketers in terms of selection. He also added that none of the players has had a guarantee to their spot in the squad under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Kaif said that players are selected on recent form and past performances are not given weightage while selecting the squad under Kohli’s captaincy. He said that earlier, players were given more backing, but that is “not how Kohli plays”.
During a recent chat on Sports Tak, Mohammad Kaif said, “There is no clarity in this Indian team and we need to accept it. Virat Kohli doesn’t play this way. He sees who is the most in-form player and picks him in the XI. This is Kohli’s way. At the end of the day you need to judge how many trophies he has won as a captain and he hasn’t been able to win an ICC trophy.”
He further “This team and this management do not give as much importance to past performance. Virat Kohli focuses on what form you are in at the current point. This is why Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan got opportunities. This is why Shikhar Dhawan missed a few games, Rohit Sharma was rested.”
Mohammad Kaif compared the current scenario to that under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly.
Mohammad Kaif elaborated, “Ganguly would keep backing his players, which is the classic way of handling things. That’s what a leader does. But this isn’t Kohli’s way. No one’s place is fixed in this team and even the players know that. This is an old discussion now, and even the players have moved on now and have decided this is the way to go.”
The Indian team will next be in action in the ODI series in Sri Lanka followed by a three-match T20I series in the island nation.