Former England spinner Monty Panesar has opened up on Virat Kohlis dip in form and weighed in on whether he needs time to rediscover his form. Panesar opined that the BCCI could not drop Kohli even if they wanted to, keeping in mind the financial aspect.
Kohli has come under intense pressure of late, failing to score a hundred in almost three years. Moreover, the former Indian captain hasnt played an impactful knock in Indias crucial games either in global tournaments. However, the management has continued to back him.
A comeback knock was expected from Kohli in the fifth Test (rescheduled Test) against England but that didnt happen. He failed to raise his bat once again. He scored just 11 in the first innings and 20 in the second in the crucial Test, which England went on to win to level the Test series at 2-2.
Though his overall career Test average still reads a healthy 49.53, his average in the last year has been below 30. Kohli, in the last year, has played 10 Tests and batted 18 times. Of these 10 Tests, 3 have been at home and 7 away. He has scored 527 runs in these 18 innings, at an average of 29.27. He has hit three fifties in Test cricket in the last year.
Kohli has come below intense stress of late, failing to attain 100 in virtually three years. Moreover, the previous Indian captain hasn’t performed an impactful knock in India’s essential video games both in international tournaments. However, the administration has continued to again him.
Speaking to the Times of India, Panesar admitted that Kohli has a large fan following globally as followers love to look at him. Hence, the 40-yr outdated feel the BCCI can’t afford to drop him as the correct-handed batter brings within the cash.
IT’S LIKE CRISTIANO RONALDO. WHENEVER RONALDO PERFORMS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED, EVERYBODY’S WATCHING THE SOCCER. VIRAT KOHLI IS IDENTICAL. HE HAS OBTAINED A HUGE FOLLOWING AND ATTRACTION.
“ARE BCCI UNDER PRESSURE TOO, REGARDLESS OF WHATEVER THE RESULT AND ROLE VIRAT KOHLI HAS TO PLAY, TO KEEP THE SPONSORS HAPPY? THAT’S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST QUESTION. THEY CAN’T DROP HIM OR AFFORD TO DROP HIM BECAUSE THEY’LL PROBABLY LOSE HUGE FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP.”
THE PROBLEM RIGHT HERE IS THAT HE’S ESSENTIALLY THE MOST MARKETABLE CRICKETER ON THIS PLANET. FANS LOVE HIM SO MUCH. WE ALL SIMPLY LOVE VIRAT AND HIS DEPTH. SOMETIMES, IT IS BORDERLINE HOWEVER HE IS VERY A LOT ADMIRED IN ENGLAND. SO, FROM THE BCCI’S PERSPECTIVE, THEY HAVE TO TAKE A SEAT DOWN AND RESOLVE.
“FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE, OTHER BOARDS GAINED SO MUCH FROM VIRAT KOHLI. BUT IS VIRAT REALLY GOOD FOR THE INDIA SIDE RIGHT NOW? BUT THEN WOULD IT MEAN AT THE EXPENSE OF THEM NOT WINNING A T20 WORLD CUP OR A 50-OVER WORLD CUP? THAT’S THE BIGGEST QUESTION AT THE MOMENT.”