Virat Kohli the star batter has been facing drought years for almost three years, scoring not even a single century. This lag triggered a massive debate over his place in the current set-up.
Kohli is rested for the ongoing West Indies tour, gathered only 11 and 20 in the fifth and final Test in Edgbaston and continued his batting slump in the Twenty20s, where he could gather just 12 runs in two innings. The bad form continued in the One-Day Internationals too. Kohli's wretched run continued with 17 and 16 in the two 50-over games in England.
Former batter Sanjay Manjrekar believes, “I think they should have played Virat Kohli in every international match possible, whatever the format because Virat has had his breaks. People are advocating that he should take some breaks and he’s had his breaks. If you look at the last two years, he’s not played a lot of International cricket," said the cricketer-turned-commentator on SPORTS18's show - Sports Over The Top.
“Maybe there’s some logic there that we don’t know about. Maybe they had a chat with Virat Kohli, but my personal view is the more Virat Kohli would’ve played and especially these matches would’ve been better for him."
Manjrekar further heaped praise on senior India bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, telling “Bhuvneshwar recently gave an interview, and he is at his peak at the moment. Eighteen months back, we thought he may not have an international career. But he has bounced back superbly and is a certainty to make the T20 world cup squad. And he said, 'The more I bowl, the more I get my rhythm'," said Manjrekar.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar clearly has said like it is with a lot of players when you’re going through a rut, the best way to come out of the rut is by playing. So, hopefully, that will happen soon."