Virat Kohli indeed is going through a rough patch with the willow. Since his last century in 2019, he even has been demoted in the ICC Rankings. The century less last two years have been enough pathetic, adding the questions of his place in the team in the coming future. Debates rose regarding Kohli’s rest too. Few supported his decision, while few opined to play regularly. Debates became an obvious thing with the T-20 World Cup knocking on the door.
However, the Number 3 spot in the team isn’t suffering like Kohli. Deepak Hooda managed to contribute there whenever he got the chance. One can consider Shreyas Iyer in the run too, though he is suffering in this format too.
However, India’s former selector, Saba Karim still holds faith in Kohli. He believes Kohli to have an upper hand at number 3. The team can definitely carry Deepak Hooda and Shreyas Iyer as backups.
In an interview on India News Sports, Karim said,
“When Virat Kohli is available, he will naturally walk into the XI at No. 3. But the time has come for the selectors to decide who they want as a backup batter in the middle order. If they believe in Shreyas Iyer, then they should continue to play him and hope he gets back to his form. But if they are still experimenting, then it’s the right time to play Hooda at No. 3. He can also be handy with the ball, which is a huge plus for Team India.”
Kohli will remain in his original No. 3 place in the team: Jaffer supports too
Previously, batter Wasim Jaffer too supported Kohli at the Number 3 spot as soon as he joins the team. He also picked Lokesh Rahul along with Rohit Sharma as the opener.
In an audio session of ‘’CricChat Powered by Parimatch’ on the Sharechat app, Jaffer said,
“Virat will remain in his original No. 3 place in the team. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma should open, and other players like Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, and Ishan Kishan can contribute significantly to the squad. I feel that the aggressive approach that India has undertaken is very nice to witness. India’s chances of winning (T20 World Cup) are bright.”
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