Tuesday, December 06, 2022

If Ashwin can be dropped from Tests then why can’t Virat be dropped from T20s: Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev feels that if a bowler of the caliber of Ravichandran Ashwin can be dropped from the playing XI of the Test team, then even Virat Kohli is no longer indispensable in T20Is after a prolonged bad patch .

Kohli has not been scoring big runs for almost three years now and the World Cup winning all-rounder feels that the Indian team management will do poorly if the in-form players are not given enough opportunities to showcase their skills.

“Yes, now the situation is such that you may be forced to drop Kohli from the T20 playing XI. If the world number two bowler Ashwin can be dropped from the Test team, then the world number one batsman can also be dropped.

Kapil had no hesitation in saying that Kohli looks like a shadow of his old self at the moment.

“Virat is not batting at the level we have seen him do over the years. He has earned a name from his performance but if he is not performing well then you cannot keep performing youngsters out of the team.

He wants to see a healthy competition for places on the side with the young players posing a challenge for the star players.

“I want to compete for a place in the team in a positive sense that these young players try to outperform Virat,” he said.

Kapil feels that if Kohli is “rested” for the West Indies T20Is, it will be considered a “drop”.

“You can call it comfort and someone else will call it a fall. Everyone has their own point of view.

Obviously, if the selectors don’t pick him (Kohli), it could be because some of the big players are not performing well.

For Kapil, the playing XI should be selected on the basis of current form and not on the basis of past reputation.

“When you have a lot of options, play players in form,” Kapil said. “You cannot just go by reputation, rather you have to look for existing form. You may be an established player but that does not mean that you will be given chances even if you have failed in five matches in a row,” he concluded.

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