Legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar shared his views on Virat Kohli’s poor form amidst all the talks going around the cricketing fraternity. Virat Kohli hasn’t been able to perform up to his standards in recent times. He has been struggling to score runs for a long time now and has been dismissed cheaply several times.
In the T20I series against England, Kohli disappointed his fans with pitiful scores of 1 and 11, getting out trying to play aggressive shots. Meanwhile, he has been receiving criticism from all corners for his disappointing form and inconsistent performances.
Sunil Gavaskar Backed Kohli
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, while speaking to Sports Tak, said that s not a serious concern to be worried about at present. He feels more time shall be given to Virat Kohli. He also went on to compare him to Rohit Sharma, who is also struggling with his form. He said:
“I don’t understand the hiatus. When Rohit Sharma doesn’t score, no one talks about it. When some other batter doesn’t score, no one talks about it either. We always say that form is temporary and class is permanent. The approach India has adopted with batting, where you are supposed [go out] and swing the bat, there will be failures.”
Further, Gavaskar also said that the team management should reach a conclusion only after the Asia Cup in August 2022. He feels that any discussions right now would not make sense. He said:
“I feel there is time, a few months and we have to announce the team on 18 September [for the T20 World Cup]. And there is Asia Cup as well before the World Cup. So you should choose the team after looking at the form of the players there, playing against quality sides like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. To create a furore around this topic at this time is not correct.”
When asked about the future, Sunil Gavaskar said: “There is a requirement for multiple points of view. And that is why we have coaches from out of India, [who can give different inputs]. Hence, outside perspective becomes important.”
“But the environment and spirit within the team is not known by many people outside the change room. And those talks should not come out either. So I understand the comments coming from both sides, but both the sides are ultimately talking for the benefit of Indian cricket.”
Gavaskar Slammed Cricketers For Taking Rest
If reports are to be believed then Virat has asked for rest during the five-match T20I series against West Indies towards the end of July 2022. Talking about the same, Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indian cricketers as he wasn’t convinced with players asking for rest during international tournaments. He said:
“You are playing for India and want to rest. You don’t rest while playing the IPL. You have to play for India. T20s are anyways for 20 overs. It doesn’t impact your body either as much as the Test format does. The A grade players are paid a very good retainer amount, and apart from that very high match fees as well. So the BCCI should not allow such rest. Also, you will score runs or take wickets only when you go out on the field. I am not convinced with the rest players are availing,”
He added: “I feel the 50-overs games are coming at the right time as his natural game suits the format. He can get a bit of time to settle himself before starting to hit. So it can be a good format for Kohli,”