Former Indian opener and legend Virender Sehwag slammed Indian skipper Virat Kohli for constantly bringing changes in the playing eleven of Team India. At the same time, Sehwag said that if players are dropped from the team citing their bad performances in the particular matches, then the same should be applied to Virat Kohli too.
Sehwag further said that a team can become strong only when the players of the team are backed from their skipper. There have been few occasions when skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his gratitude to MS Dhoni for backing him after a poor England tour in 2015. But former Indian opener believes that no player from the current Indian team will say same for Virat Kohli.
“Virat Kohli has to think that in the England tour when he had flopped if he was not given opportunities after that, how would he have become such a big player.”
“He himself says that MS Dhoni has backed him and that he would always remain his captain. Is there any player in this team who will say the same thing for Virat Kohli, it is difficult,” Virender Sehwag said during a discussion on Sony Sports network.
Rules Are Applicable To Everyone Else Other Than Virat Kohli: Virender Sehwag
Shreyas Iyer was not included in the playing eleven for the first T20I against Australia on Friday and many believe that the reason behind his exclusion was his poor form in ODIs. Speaking on the same, Sehwag said that Iyer deserved a place in the playing eleven for India in T20Is. He further said that Iyer doesn’t have the guts to question Virat for his exclusion in the T20I Squad.
“If you talk about Shreyas Iyer if in the previous T20 series he had given a good performance, then on what basis did you not play him in this encounter. Is there any reason? I don’t think even Shreyas Iyer has the guts to go and ask why he was not played.
“If this decision has been taken with the team in mind then it is right else if it has been taken thinking that Shreyas Iyer does not play short-pitched bowling that well and so a chance has been given to someone else, then it will be different thinking because he has scored runs in the last few T20I matches. So, he should be given chances,” Sehwag added.
The Former Indian opener lastly said that if the players are selected in the team on the basis of some parameters and the same should be applied on the skipper Virat Kohli.
“I will say one more thing, all the rules are applicable to everyone else other than Virat Kohli, no rule is applicable to him. Neither his batting order is changed nor is he left out or given a break when he is out of form. So, that is wrong,” Sehwag concluded.