"Scoring cheap hundred in Zimbabwe, will not help him"- Ex-New Zealand cricketer makes a bold claim about Virat Kohli
The Men in Blue are currently on their tour to West Indies. The ODI series has ended in the favour of the visitors as they have whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 and now both teams will clash in a five-match ODI series. But after this tour, India are scheduled to play three ODIs against Zimbabwe.
Notably, Shikhar Dhawan led the Indian side in the three ODIs, and now Rohit Sharma is back and he will be the captain in the T20Is. With him, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and a few other seniors have also returned to the side after a break.
But one noticeable name is still on a break and that is none other than the former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. He was given a break from both ODIs and T20s along with Jasprit Bumrah. But as per some reports, it has been learnt that Virat might get back into the team for the ODIs in Zimbabwe.
Some reports confirmed that the Indian board is looking to give Virat time to play against Zimbabe and regain his form ahead of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. However, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has some other thoughts on Virat's place in the team.
In an interaction on a show with Sports18, Styris said that it would be a lose-lose situation for Virat. He added that the former Indian skipper should take a complete break and should take sufficient time to prepare for the upcoming World Cup to stay 100 percent.
Styris added, "I’d forget about Zimbabwe because I don’t necessarily think there’s a lot to gain from him. He might score a cheap hundred, which goes great for the confidence but doesn’t necessarily change too much moving forward because I still believe he’s the key man for India."
The former all-rounder also stated that the first step will be to know what the Indian selectors are thinking. Is it about picking the team randomly or picking your best team? However, he also compared the situation to his playing days and said that he would have liked to have had a conversation with New Zealand selectors during his time. Irrespective of everything, he would have with them as per their decision.
Notably, Virat, who is on a break, said that he is willing to play more matches for the country and is looking forward to helping India win the upcoming Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.