- Sep 23, 2023
- Jul 6, 2023
As the BCCI is yet to announce India’s squad for the upcoming T20I series against the West Indies, fans have been eagerly awaiting the same. However, according to a report by the Indian Express, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are set to be rested for this series. This report further states that the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee would continue to back the batting maestro and that he will be a vital cog in the team’s plans for the 20-20 World Cup.
Kohli hasn’t been at his best for quite a while now. While he played the Edgbaston Test against England, he was rested for the first T20I of the three-match series and joined for the remaining two fixtures. He was a part of the mix for the ODI series, but was ruled out of the first game owing to a groin injury, which has made his inclusion in the second game doubtful as well.
The 33-year-old has been an important part of the Indian squad since he made his entry into international cricket. Every player has his distinct characteristic, and even amidst Kohli’s poor run of form, there are hopes of him returning back to good form and one hopes that he can get back to being The Virat Kohli of old. Besides, Kohli will reportedly be a part of India’s 20-20 World Cup campaign even after missing out on the international fixtures.
His form has been a big matter of concern as the veteran batter has failed to score a century since November 2019. Veteran players with illustrious careers like Kapil Dev have criticized his position in the team. Kapil Dev had anticipated Kohli’s deterioration as a batter as early as 2020, speculating that the batter’s eyesight might be a contributing factor in the slowing down of his reflexes and recommending that he engages in specific workouts to enhance those skills.
The Indian squad still has a few more series’ to play before the 20-20 World Cup 2022, therefore the selectors thought it would be best to give Bumrah a sabbatical as he has been playing cricket continuously and his workload management was taken into consideration. Meanwhile, Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav seems set to make his return to the squad after missing out due to an injury.
The India tour of the West Indies will commence shortly after the conclusion of the England tour. The five-match T20I series will begin after the three-match ODI series, which concludes on July 27. The first T20I will be played on July 29, with the last game scheduled to take place on August 7.