Virat Kohli’s form has been a national debate for some time now and since the T20 World Cup is in October, he is expected to be at his best, if not formers cricketers want him to be dropped for the betterment of the team. Former selector Saba Karim believes Kohli should play the Zimbabwe tour first instead of Asia Cup and gain some confidence.
“First, I think the selectors and the team management have to figure out whether Virat Kohli is essential for India’s preparation for India’s T20 World Cup side or not. And once the selectors decide the team management feels that Virat Kohli is essential to the team’s success then I’d chart a path for Virat Kohli’s come back to great form, Saba Karim said.”
“I think that’s the time when the selectors or the captain or Rahul Dravid would love to have a chat with him and then try and take it forward. I would not want to have any kind of imposition on Virat Kohli that ‘Hey listen, you have to come back and play this Zimbabwe series otherwise we’ll not pick you for the World Cup T20.’
“So, I think once you decide that he is such an essential player for the team’s success, then I reach out to him. I’ll say okay, it is up to you to decide whether you want to come back and play the Zimbabwe ODI or you want to take an extended break and come back for the Asia Cup T20,” Karim concluded.