Virat Kohli to play against Zimbabwe, which will include three One-Day Internationals.
Despite a shortage of runs on his previous tour against England, Kohli might get picked up to face Zimbabwe. Kohli has been chastised for his poor performance and demeanor on the field.
Virat Kohli vs England
The Indian superstar was hoping to regain his form during India’s recently finished tour to England, but the results indicated otherwise, as Kohli only managed to strike 76 runs in five matches in England, with an average of 12.66.
This drew criticism, and a section of the supporters are now clamoring for his removal from the Indian squad. As a result, the Indian team management decided to rest the 33-year-old for the Caribbean trip, where India plays eight white-ball matches, including three ODIs and five T20Is, beginning July 22.
Virat Kohli an Option for Zimbabwe Tour
Reports suggest selectors are willing to play Virat in the Zimbabwe series for the first time in three years. The Indian team management has thought of including Kohli in the Zimbabwe tour to give him another chance to regain his form before the Asia Cup in 2022, where the former RCB captain could play a key role in India’s batting department.
“There is still some time before the selectors meet. But the plan is to have Virat use the Zimbabwe series to regain batting touch in a format he is very good at.”
BCCI’s response to a Journalist
Expert Opinion on Virat Kohli’s Form
Australia legend Ricky Pointing gave his stance on dropping Kohli.
“I think if I was an opposition captain or an opposition player, I will be fearing playing an Indian team that has Virat Kohli in it, more than I would not have him in it,”Former Aussie Skipper Ricky Ponting
“If I was India, I would keep pushing with him, because I know the upside. If they get him back confident and playing as well as he can, that upside is better than most.”
Support from Skipper
The Indian legend continues to receive support from his teammates.
New Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has dismissed criticism from fans and commentators over his lack of runs, describing Kohli as a morale booster in the dressing room and stating that he is going through a rough patch in his cricket career.
Can the India tour of Zimbabwe be a turning point in Kohli’s Career?
Virat Kohli’s fortunes may flip around in the forthcoming trip; the prolific batsman is not in his best form, but this tour may allow him to rediscover his form ahead of the Asia Cup in 2022.
Fans have been waiting for Kohli’s century since November 2019, but the batsman has yet to deliver. This has now troubled India’s selection committee, which is why they are permitting Kohli to play in the Zimbabwe tour, as Zimbabwe is an inferior side compared to England. This might assist the batsman in regaining his form and playing a key part in the Asia Cup 2022.