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Virat Kohli's loss of form - Should he be dropped?
Virat Kohli’s lean patch of form has put Indian cricket fans in two minds as the T20 World Cup is hovering on the horizon. The Indian batting star has struggled for form for the last couple of years now.
The former Indian skipper has shown some flashes of brilliance but he has failed to convert chances due to a lack of confidence. He has got off to starts now and then but he has just not gotten going and has thrown away his wickets on multiple occasions.
After legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat has been the blue-eyed boy of Indian cricket as he has been a match-winner for the Indian cricket team across all formats.
His records speak for him but his form has dipped in the last few years. His last international century came against Bangladesh in 2019 and since then cricket lovers are yet to witness a hundred from his bat.
Every time the right-handed batter goes in the middle, it looks like he's fighting his demons but is unable to defeat them. Currently, he's in a state where his spot in Team India is being questioned by fans and critics worldwide.
A few months ago - Kohli's form was not that much of a worry as the Delhi-born star was consistently hitting fifties but off late his form has turned from bad to worse as he is not able to get fifties as well.
Is missing the West Indies tour a blessing in disguise for Virat Kohli?
Kohli himself requested BCCI rest for the upcoming series against the West Indies, which includes three ODIs and five T20Is. The three-match ODI starts on July 22. If we look at the just-concluded T20I series against England, it’s clear that Team India is on right track for the upcoming Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.
The batters have a clear role in the team and know exactly when they need to take the bowlers to the cleaner. While Kohli will get his break but his place in the national T20 squad for the next big international assignment (Asia Cup in Sri Lanka) will be under the scanner. Several players will be hoping to impress selectors on this Windies tour and they might give them a selection headache for the future series.
Kohli has had an incredible record in both the ODIs and T20Is but if there is one format that suits his batting style the most, it’s ODIs than the T20Is and selectors might be tempted to drop him for the future series.
Former players give their opinion on whether Virat Kohli should be dropped or not?
Ricky Ponting: "I will be making life as easy as possible for him to feel as comfortable as possible, and just wait for him to flick the switch and start scoring runs again."
Kapil Dev: "Yes, now the situation is such that you might be forced to bench Kohli from T20 playing eleven. If world No. 2 bowler Ashwin can be dropped from the Test side then (once upon a time) world No. 1 batter can also be dropped."
Kamran Akmal: "Do you think that a player who has 70 centuries will listen to those asking for his ouster from the side? People who have played 1-2 matches are now giving opinions on him. I can only laugh."