Virat Kohli had performed brilliantly in T20 World Cup 2022.
Virat played an inning of 82 runs against Pakistan in T20 WC.
new Delhi. Former India wicket-keeper Saba Karim believes Virat Kohli’s absence from the T20 squad for the Sri Lanka series is a big surprise for him as the star cricketer performed exceptionally well in the T20 World Cup. Kohli played the role of anchor in the mega ICC tournament. He was the highest run-scorer by scoring 296 runs in 7 matches at an average of 98.67. He also played a crucial inning of 82 runs to help India register a thrilling win against Pakistan. He himself termed it as his best innings in T20 International cricket.
However, Virat Kohli has not played any T20 International match since the T20 World Cup and has been kept out of the T20 series against Sri Lanka. The BCCI has not clarified whether he has been rested or has been dropped from the T20 setup. In such a situation, some people feel that the era of change in Indian cricket has started now.
Meanwhile, Saba Karim says that if Kohli was not there, India would have lost to its arch-rival Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. Along with this, Karim is also surprised by his absence in T20 International after the World Cup. Saba Karim said on India News, “Virat Kohli’s exit has come as a big surprise. He has got a special role to play in T20 Internationals and he has been exceptional in that. Had he not been there in the T20 World Cup, we would have lost to Pakistan.”
The former wicketkeeper has said that Virat Kohli provides stability to the Indian batting line-up in T20 Internationals, which no one else has done in the past. Karim said, “He is such a player who has given the team a lot of stability in this format.” Karim is confident that players like Kohli and Rishabh Pant have a strong chance of making a comeback in the T20 International set-up in the future.
He said, “It does not mean that players who are not part of the T20 squad for the Sri Lanka series will not be able to make a comeback. If some new players don’t do well, they will have to replace them. If this happens then players like Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant can return to the team.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 30, 2022, 18:45 IST