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3 Reasons Why Virat Kohli Should Be Dropped For The T20 World Cup 2022

Having given away his captaincy last year and now his torrid rut with the bat, Virat Kohli shouldn't be a first choice batsman in India's T20I eleven.

A third golden duck for Virat Kohli in the ongoing IPL 2022 has now raised questions on a lot of things about the India and RCB talisman batsman – his form, his motivation, his abilities against different types of bowlers. Now, a doubt has also come over his place in India’s eleven going forward.

His utterly atrocious form in the IPL 2022, where he’s struggling to even get a start, could maybe force the Indian management to think about Kohli’s future in the T20I side.

Here are three reasons why Virat Kohli should be dropped from the T20 World Cup team:

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Virat Kohli is going through a horrible patch

Having given away his captaincy last year and now his torrid rut with the bat, Virat Kohli shouldn’t be a first choice batsman in India’s T20I eleven. He’s also barely played T20 internationals since the T20 World Cup in the name of being rested. Kohli has featured in only two T20Is for India – vs West Indies – since the World Cup last year in UAE.

So, the management and selectors have to judge his form based on the IPL, where he now averages only 19 after 12 innings and has bagged three golden ducks; 6 of Kohli’s 12 innings have been single digits and two others were of 12 runs each.

Before this duck vs SRH, his two previous innings saw him score some runs but those came at a really poor strike rate – 58 off 53 vs Gujarat Titans and 30 off 33 vs Chennai Super Kings – resulting in a negative impact on his team’s total.

Other options at number 3

The best batsman for India at number is Suryakumar Yadav. SKY has been one of the best batsmen in the IPL since 2018; he’s excellent against pacers and absolutely destroys the spinners, plus SKY is a quick starter and doesn’t dot up deliveries. Since the start of 2018, batting at number 3 in T20 cricket, Suryakumar averages 30 and importantly his strike rate is 141. On the other hand, Virat Kohli in the same period has a strike rate of 131.

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However, Suryakumar has been forced to bat at number 4 and below in India’s T20I team. It is almost unarguable that SKY is currently a better option at number 3 in India’s team than Kohli. But because of Kohli’s batting approach- to settle in first and then tee off – it’s not tenable for the Indian management to accommodate Kohli other than in the top three. Well, the solution: drop Kohli.

Virat Kohli’s poor game against spin

Virat Kohli is no more the daunting figure in T20 cricket. Instead of hiding from him, bowlers are willing to take him on, coming with proper plans – as Williamson did by introducing Suchith in the first over despite having Bhuvneshwar, the swing master.
Kohli’s struggles of getting boundaries against spinners are now well documented. Since 2020, although he averages 43 against spinners, his strike rate against them is just 104. That makes him vulnerable against spinners in the powerplay because then he will have to go for the big shots as he cannot just knock around for singles.
In the powerplay, he is always susceptible to pacers moving the ball away from Virat Kohli and especially left-arm seamers who can move the ball both ways. Kohli can potentially become a liability in T20 cricket, whether it’s for RCB or for Indian team.

Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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