Virat Kohli: Unable to bat, big innings too far … Is it time to drop Virat Kohli from playing 11?
Former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has been dragging his feet for a long time. Hundreds of people have been waiting for almost three years and now Virat Kohli is also longing to spend time on the crease. In such a situation, questions are being raised as to whether a tough decision should be taken regarding Virat Kohli.
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O sleepers of failure, those who sleep will be deceived.
The rising sun will slowly set …
You may have heard this famous verse written by Qaiser Ratnagirvi, you may have heard it many times. Used for someone. The main line of Qawwali, ‘Rising Sun ..’ describes many ways, describes many situations in just one line, so the matter begins to come to mind.
Now this line is being used in another place, for Virat Kohli, the king of Indian cricket. The look that Indian fans have been seeing for the last three years is the story of the setting sun. Whose morning will be, how will it be, the wait is getting longer and all kinds of hopes are disappearing. Virat Kohli, who was a run machine, could score centuries in a few days, now he is longing for a big innings.
The last match of the Test series against England was played at the Edgbaston Ground in Birmingham. Last year, when the Indian team led by Virat Kohli was on fire in Test cricket, India visited England. With four matches in the five-match Test series, India took a 2-1 lead and history was close.
Corona restrained Team India’s chariot of victory and the match was postponed for a year. Now that the Test took place in Edgbaston, Virat Kohli’s fans were full before him. Because Virat Kohli’s enthusiasm for 2018 tour was seen in England, everyone hoped that the same thing will be seen here. But that did not happen. Virat Kohli, who scored 11 in the first innings and 20 in the second innings of the Edgbaston Test, turned all hopes upside down.
This bad patch of Virat Kohli has been going on for a long time, no century has come in three years. But now the problem is not the century, now the problem is that no big innings is coming. Depending on the need or situation of the team, which is required for a strong innings of 50-60-70, it is also difficult to get out of Virat Kohli’s bat. In such a situation, the question arises whether Virat Kohli deserves a place in the playing 11 with this form?
How long will the name get a place in the team?
Virat Kohli last scored an international century in 2019, followed by Corona. That too is now over and international cricket has become perfectly normal but no century has come out of Virat Kohli’s bat. After all, Virat Kohli has played a total of 75 international innings since the century.
Virat Kohli’s overall average (including Tests, ODIs and T20s) is about 36. The batsman who is considered to be the greatest player of the current cricket, whose average exceeds 50 in each format, his fate is not visible to anyone.
Since December 6, 2019, Virat Kohli has played a total of 65 international matches, with 2509 runs in 75 innings. Which is the highest for any Indian batsman, Virat has scored 24 half-centuries during this period. His average is 36.89, he has been out 8 times at 0. Apart from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma scored 4 centuries and KL Rahul scored 5 centuries.
Virat Kohli in the ongoing series against England
5 Tests, 9 innings, 249 runs, 27,66 average
Virat Kohli’s record after December 6, 2019
Match-64, Innings-75, Runs-2509
Average – 36.89, Fifty – 24, Zero – 0
When Rahane and Pujara were accused, Kohli …
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, two senior members of the Indian Test team, were recently dropped from the squad. Both were battling poor form, Pujara did not score a century in 50 innings and Ajinkya Rahane had been waiting for him for two years. Both were dropped from the series against Sri Lanka as the bad patch got bigger.
Ajinkya Rahane was now injured before the Test match against England, so he could not be included in the team. However, there was no guarantee that he would get a chance. Cheteshwar Pujara, on the other hand, had to prove himself in the county to return to the team. Then he was fed in the Edgbaston Test against England. In the second innings of this Test, Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a half century.
The question is why Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara can be dropped on the basis of poor form then why there is a different scale for Virat Kohli. Believe me, Virat Kohli is a record-breaking batsman, former captain of the team and one of the great batsmen. But if there is a standard of form and scoring, it should be the same for everyone.
It remains to be seen whether the team management and selectors will be able to prepare themselves for such a big and tough decision. Or does Virat Kohli’s bat catch fire before such a situation arises?