Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar has come in support of out-of-form former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, saying that it was too early to worry about Kohli’s place in India’s squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Gavaskar acknowledged that while Kohli is going through a lean patch with the bat, Rohit Sharma and other cricketers have struggled to perform as well.
Virat Kohli’s place in the T20 side has been criticized by a lot of experts in recent times, including former greats like Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag, although skipper Rohit Sharma has firmly backed his long-time colleague.
However, during a recent chat with Sports Tak, Sunil Gavaskar said, “See, I cannot understand that when Rohit Sharma does not score runs no one talks about it. It is the same with other players as well. There is a saying that form is temporary, class is temperament. See, the kind of template they are adopting (in T20Is) where they have to swing the bat from ball one, you will succeed and fail.”
He further added, “We have a good selection committee which is thinking about it. I think there is enough time (more than two months) to announce the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. There will be several competitive Asian countries participating in the event. You will have to pick your team keeping in mind the form of a player. There is no need to panic yet and we need to give them some time.”
Sunil Gavaskar reckons that the ODI format is a chance for Virat Kohli to get his form back. However, as per the latest reports, Kohli is likely to miss the first ODI against England due to a groin injury.
Sunil Gavaskar had said, “I think the ODI series has come at the right time. It suits his natural game. Like in Test cricket, there is enough time to settle down. In ODI cricket too the batter can play himself in according to the conditions.”