Former India selector Saba Karim said that Rahul Dravid would love to have a chat with Virat Kohli and then try and take it forward on the debate of Virat Kohli’s position in the Indian team.
Saba Karim Backs Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli who struggles to find his form back has been rested for India’s tour of West Indies 2022 where the team is scheduled to play 3 ODI matches and 5 T20I matches following their England tour.
Virat who fails to score the expected runs in the England tour has been sidelined for the West Indies tour and will be back in action for the Zimbabwe tour before playing in Asia Cup 2022.
“First, I think the selectors and the team management have to figure out whether Virat Kohli is essential for India’s preparation for India’s T20 World Cup side or not.
And once the selectors decide the team management feels that Virat Kohli is essential to the team’s success then I’d chart a path for Virat Kohli’s come back to great form,” Saba Karim said on Sports18’s show ‘Sports Over The Top’.
“I think that’s the time when the selectors or the captain or Rahul Dravid would love to have a chat with him and then try and take it forward,” he said.
“I would not want to have any kind of imposition on Virat Kohli that ‘Hey listen, you have to come back and play this Zimbabwe series otherwise we’ll not pick you for the World Cup T20.’
So, I think once you decide that he is such an essential player for the team’s success, then I reach out to him. I’ll say okay, it is up to you to decide whether you want to come back and play the Zimbabwe ODI or you want to take an extended break and come back for the Asia Cup T20,” Saba Karim explained.
India’s tour of Zimbabwe will kick start on August 18 with the second match on August 20 and the final match on August 22. All three matches will be played in Harare Sports Club, Harare.