Rajdeep Sardesai Slammed Virat Kohli’s Critics With A Hard-Hitting Tweet

Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has thrown his weight behind Virat Kohli in reply to the criticism and the calls for the batsman to be dropped from the Indian team by some former cricketers amid Kohli’s lean patch.

The talisman batter has been having a horrific time with the bat, especially in the past few months. A disappointing IPL 2022 campaign – where he scored 341 runs at a strike rate of 115 – was followed by cheap scores on the England tour so far.

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Virat Kohli hasn’t gone past 20 in his last four innings

In the Edgbaston Test earlier this month, the 33-year-old managed scores of 11 and 20, and then 1 and 11 in the two T20Is in the recently concluded series. There were doubts already over Kohli’s place in India’s T20I eleven and now further compounded by his low scores in the last two matches.

Even before the T20I series, legendary Indian captain Kapil Dev had Kohli shouldn’t be in the eleven on his “reputation” and past accolades and in-form youngsters should be given more chances.

“Play in-form players when you have loads of options,” Kapil Dev told ABP News. “You can’t just go by reputation, but you have to look for current form. You can be an established player but that doesn’t mean that you will be given chances even if you fail five games in a row.” 

Similar sentiments were echoed by the likes of Virender Sehwag and Venkatesh Prasad after his failures in the T20I series.

Rajdeep Sardesai highlighted the importance of Virat Kohli

Sardesai took to Twitter to point out that Kohli’s record in Australia is incredible, the country where the T20 World Cup will be played in about three months’ time. He asserted that a “big match” cricketer such as Kohli should be in the team for a crucial tournament.

Sardesai admitted that other youngsters should be tried, but not at the cost of Kohli’s place in the eleven.

“So former test players want @imVkohli out of T 20 squad ahead of a World Cup in Australia? Just look at his track record in Australia: Yes, his form has been poor in last 18 months but a big tournament needs big match players. Try others but VK’s class is unquestionable,” Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted.

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