Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has blasted the Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli and feels that his place in the Indian side is no more certainty. His remarks came after the 33-year-old once again failed to score runs and got out after scoring only a single run off three deliveries in the 2nd T20I against England.
In recent times, Virat Kohli has been awfully out of touch with the bat and Jadeja feels that he won’t add any value to India’s new fearless approach. Batting first, openers Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma provided India with an exhilarating start but Virat Kohli failed to take the momentum forward and fell cheaply.
“Virat Kohli doesn’t fit in India’s attacking template,” says Ajay Jadeja
The former batter shared his views on Sony Sports Network and explained how Team India have better options available than Virat Kohli if they want to play the attacking brand of cricket.
“Virat Kohli is a choice that you have to make. Do you want to play that solidity at the top and then get runs right at the back? It’s that old-style when Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will bat at the top and you would have players like Dhoni where they get 60 in the last four overs,” said Ajay Jadeja.
“It depends on who you want to play. I feel you have a choice, it’s a tough one to make. If I had to pick a T20 side, Virat probably wouldn’t be there.” he further added.
There has been a lot of debate already if the new attacking approach from Men in Blue is sustainable. Traditionally, the Indian team is known for having solidity at the top and scoring the runs at the end. The template has worked wonders for the Indian team in the past.
However, Ajay Jadeja now feels that the decision lies with Rohit Sharma and the captain should decide how he wants to take his team forward from here.
“You have been shown that there is another way of playing the same game. You are still scoring around 180 to 200. It’s not that the game has changed, but you have a choice of how you want to play. I think Rohit Sharma will be making that call,” opined Ajay Jadeja.
“I think anyone who is leading the side has only two choices. Either you stick to the way you have been playing [and] give opportunities to youngsters, or you go back to your old team that played before you started trying to give opportunities,” Ajay Jadeja concluded.