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06-2022

“Nobody speaks when Rohit Sharma, others don’t run away”: Sunil Gavaskar defends Virat Kohli | cricket news

"Nobody speaks when Rohit Sharma, others don't run away": Sunil Gavaskar defends Virat Kohli | cricket news

Virat Kohli’s place in India’s T20I team is under scrutiny due to his lean form.© AFP

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar backed Virat Kohli for the takedown in the latter’s batting form. Kohli, who returned to the India squad after losing his first T20I against England as part of workload management, scored 1 and 11 in his two remaining matches against the team. As his bad form with the bat continued, many former cricketers and fans attacked Kohli stating that he should be let go, but Gavaskar thinks the team’s management should give the right-handed hitter more time.

Gavaskar was open enough to say that no one questions when Rohit Sharma or any other batter fails to score runs. “I don’t understand that when Rohit Sharma doesn’t score runs, nobody talks about it. When any other player doesn’t score runs, nobody talks about it,” Gavaskar said when asked on Sports Tak if he was worried about Kohli’s form.

“Form is temporary and class is permanent.”

Kohli had intended to play attack cricket from the start of his innings against England, but failed to throw a noticeable hit.

“The kind of model that Kohli is using soon, where you have to go out and swing your bat, sometimes you won’t succeed… We have a selection committee and he will think about it,” said Gavaskar.

“I think there is still time (for the selection of the team for the T20 World Cup 2022),” he added.

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India won the T20I series against England 2-1, losing the last match by 17 runs. They won the first two games by the margins of 50 and 49 runs, respectively.

The two teams will now face off in a three-match ODI series, starting July 12 at Lord’s London. Kohli is also part of the series’ Indian team.

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