Sarandeep Singh questions Virat Kohli’s exclusion from West Indies tour: Resting will not help you

Former Indian selector Sarandeep Singh has questioned Virat Kohli’s exclusion from the upcoming West Indies tour.

Kohli’s recent struggles have been well-documented (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kohli was excluded from the squad for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies
  • Sarandeep Singh sent a strong message to the former Indian captain
  • Kohli’s poor run continued in the second ODI against England on Thursday

Former Indian selector Sarandeep Singh has questioned Virat Kohli’s exclusion from the squad for the T20I series against West Indies, saying that resting will not help the star batter to return to form.

Kohli’s struggles have been well-documented with the former Indian captain’s last international century coming way back in 2019. However, the 33-year-old was excluded from the squad for the T20I series against West Indies as BCCI made the announcement on Thursday.

Former selector Singh wasn’t particularly pleased with Kohli missing the trip and question why such a decision was made. Speaking to NDTV, he said that rest can be afforded to the former captain if he was in a rich vein of form.

“I do not understand what is the meaning of rest? You can only rest if you are scoring 100s. We can understand if he is playing for the last 3 months, has scored 4/5 100s, he has got the liberty to take rest and then he can say he needs rest,” said Singh.

Singh continued by saying that sitting out of a series and resting will not help the star batter regain his lost form.

“Even before IPL, he played 2 Test matches, did not play ODIs and T20Is. Then after IPL, he did not play the T20Is against South Africa. Sitting out and resting will not help you to get back in form,” said Singh.

Kohli’s poor run continued on Thursday against England as he failed to make an impact in the game. The former Indian captain scored just 16 runs before being dismissed by David Willey. India ended up losing the game by 100 runs as Reece Topley picked up six wickets.

The 33-year-old’s England tour hasn’t gone according to plan as he struggled during the rearranged Test and the T20I series against the hosts.

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