India batter and ex-skipper Virat Kohli hasn’t been up to his usual form this year. Neither was he impressive in the IPL nor did he play well against England. He only managed to score 31 runs in the 5th Test while 12 runs came off his bat in the T20I series and a total of 33 runs in the ODI series.
Kohli is currently resting and is not a part of the West Indies tour.
He had decided to straightaway play the Asia Cup in August.
But now heavy rumours are rife that Kohli will be going to Zimbabwe.
But, former New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris is not happy with Kohli going to play against Zimbabwe. He wants Kohli to have complete rest and come for the Asia Cup. He also feels that scoring a century against a weaker side will not do Kohli much good.
“I think it is a lose-lose for Kohli. I’d love to see him take a complete break from the game for a little while and come back. I think he’s got a big part to plan as to how much preparation time you need to be at a hundred per cent when the world cup starts and then work backwards from there and then build that schedule. So yeah, Zimbabwe, I’d forget about it 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,” said Styris.
Styris also wants to know the mind of the selectors who pick the team before any tour or series.
“Firstly, I loved hearing what a selector goes through in the process that they don’t just simply pick a team or pick the best players. There’s a real methodology around how they go about putting a team together. I can tell you there are plenty of times I wish I could have a conversation with our selectors back here in New Zealand about certain things. So, I loved hearing that, but I’m with you a hundred per cent,” he added.
Virat has not scored a century since 2019. His last was a Test century that he hit against Bangladesh in a day-night Test.
India will be touring Zimbabwe for a 3-match ODI series starting on the 18th of August.
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