Virat Kohli has not been among big runs for a while now. After a struggling Indian Premier League, where he played only a couple of good innings, Kohli was rested from the India’s immediate series against South Africa and Ireland, with the management hoping that the player would return fresh from his break. With the expectation that a break would do the former Indian captain some good, the team management opted for young players of IPL fame to play for India.
While the youngsters did great and made their mark in the Indian team, Kohli’s return on the other hand did not turn out to be a fruitful one.
After a poor game in England vs India’s fifth Test match at Edgbaston, Kohli has failed in the rest of the outings against England as well. With the T20 World Cup just a few months away, the former Indian captain has been rested from the entire tour of West Indies, with many questioning the intention behind it.
Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja took on the topic and recalled that he had seeked an intervention from Sachin Tendulkar on the matter, as he would be the only person in the world to understand what Kohli was going through.
“I said this 8 months ago when we were talking about this. I said the only man who can relate to what Virat Kohli is going through is Tendulkar. The only man who he should give a call and say, ‘let’s have a drink together. Have a nice meal’. Because who else, since starting at age 14 or 15, never had a bad patch? Only moved forward, and reached the heights Tendulkar had reached?” Jadeja said on Sony SIX.
“So, I can’t think of anyone else, because I believe that everything is in the mind. So, he is a call away from Tendulkar. I hope even if Virat doesn’t call… it’s actually Sachin who should give him a call. Sometimes, young people are in that phase. When you are older, since you have been through that, it’s your duty to make that call. I hope Master does that,” Jadeja said.
India are scheduled to take on England in their third and final ODI match of the series. The series is tied at 1-1 after two games, with both teams being handed heavy drubbing in one of their two matches.
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