Wasim Jaffer feels that Virat Kohli’s selection is no longer certainty

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Virat Kohli was not part of the playing XI in the first T20

Virat Kohli has been a backbone in the Indian side across all formats for several years while former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer believes that Kohli will get a few more matches to show that he still commands a place in the team.

Virat Kohli has been a backbone in the Indian side across all formats for several years, but as his lean patch of form grows bigger and others seeking a spot in India’s batting setup keep on dazzling, questions are emerging regarding whether the former captain should be a part of the playing XI in T20 internationals. 

In the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, India is hoping to solidify their side. While Kohli has played just two matches in the format since the 2021 T20 World Cup, players like Deepak Hooda have made areas of strength for a compartment in the team.

Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer believes that while Kohli will get a few more matches to show that he still commands a place in the team, his selection is no longer a certainty.

“I think so, Kohli plays there is no doubt about that. But his form will be taken into consideration, you know his IPL strike rate has not been great, he has not been in the best of form. And Deepak Hooda can give you an option of bowling so that will be taken into consideration,”

he said on ESPNcricinfo about Kohli being picked for the second T20I against England in the ongoing series.

Deepak Hooda scored his maiden century in a T20I against Ireland last month while he played another outstanding knock of 33 off 17 balls against England in the first game of the series.

Kohli was not part of the playing XI in the opening game of the series but he will be available for the next two games.

“But not straightaway, Kohli will get an opportunity to play a few games and then probably selectors take a call,”

Jaffer said on Kohli’s future in the format.

“But I do not think he will be a certainty, without a doubt. Too many young players have done so well, in the last T20 World Cup, that strike rate and that approach was taken into consideration and I think India needs to look at it in that manner,”

he said.

Former England spinner Ashley Giles said that Kohli being dropped would be something the opposition would want.

“I am not going to sit here and say leave Kohli out, I would be wanting that if I was on England’s side at the moment. It is a big decision to make, India has so many good players coming through in their system, Kohli is going to come right at some stage, what do they say? The form is temporary, class is permanent,”

he said.

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