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“How can Kohli be rested for West Indies tour when he is struggling for runs ” : Former selector

Virat Kohli, who missed the first ODI due to a groin injury, made a comeback against England led by Jos Buttler in the second ODI.  He started his innings brilliantly in the second match played at Lord’s Cricket Ground.  In the first 12 balls, he hit three glorious  fours.  But at a time when wickets were falling in consecutive overs of the team, at the same time Virat Kohli lost his wicket on a ball that angled towards  the off-stump and left India in the middle.  He scored 16 runs in 25 balls in this match.  Once he got out, his poor form became the talk of the town.

Ahead of the second ODI, the BCCI announced the squad for the T20 series against the West Indies later this month.  Like many veterans, former selector Sarandeep Singh has also criticized the decision to rest Kohli for West Indies  series.  Speaking to NDTV, Sarandeep Singh said, “The reason behind the decision to rest Kohli is beyond comprehension.  Is he making a century or scoring enough runs?”

 Singh said, “Muzhe samaj nahi ata aaram ka matlab kya hai hai?”  You can rest only when you are scoring runs or few 100s .  We can understand if he has been playing for the last three months and has scored 4-5 centuries.  So he is free to take rest and then he can ask for rest.”

 Even in the T20 series against England, Virat did not play the first match and then did not perform as expected in the two matches.  Singh said that Kohli has missed a lot of matches this year and is being rested.  This will not help them to achieve his form or confidence.

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