The opening batsman of Australia, Usman Khawaja has come up with a cheeky reply after the former Indian skipper Kapil Dev's statement on Virat Kohli. On the other side, Rohit Sharma also defended Virat Kohli after the former Indian skipper, Kapil Dev reckoned that Virat Kohli should be dropped from the side.
Previously, the 63-year-old told ABP news that if India could drop the legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, they could also drop Virat Kohli from the shortest format of the game.
"Yes, now the situation is such that you might be forced to bench Kohli from T20 playing eleven. If world No. 2 bowler Ashwin can be dropped from the Test side then (once upon a time) world No.1 batter can also be dropped.
Play in-form players when you have loads of options. You can't just go by reputation, but you have to look for current form," Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by CricTracker.
You can’t keep the performing youngsters out of the team: Kapil Dev
In addition to that, the former Indian cricketer also added, "Virat is not batting at a level which we have seen him do over the years. He has made a name because of his performances but if he isn't performing, then you can’t keep the performing youngsters out of the team.
You can call it rest and someone else will call it dropped. Obviously, if selectors don't pick him (Kohli), then it could be because a big player isn't performing."
In that case, the Australian opener Usman Khawaja will agree to face Team India without the services of Virat Kohli in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2023. In the T20 format, Virat Kohli is the third-highest run-getter, scoring 3297 runs from as many games as he played at an average of 50.60.
Check Usman Khawaja's comment here:
Usman Khawaja: "Averages 50, at a strike rate of 140". pic.twitter.com/5tUR9GB6qj— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 10, 2022