Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed his disagreement with the selectors’ decision to exclude Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma from the Indian T20I team.

Following their lackluster performance in the previous T20 World Cup, reports suggested that the selectors aimed to provide more opportunities to young cricketers, potentially leaving out seasoned players like Kohli, Sharma, and KL Rahul.

However, Ganguly, backing a different approach, told RevSportz, “Pick your best players, it doesn’t matter who they are. In my opinion, both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma still have a place in T20I cricket, and I cannot see why a Kohli or a Rohit cannot play T20I cricket.”

The duo has been frequently rested this year to manage their workload, but Ganguly believes they can still make significant contributions in the shortest format of the game.

Sourav Ganguly further emphasized his stance, highlighting Virat Kohli’s impressive form in the IPL 2023. Kohli, the former captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), enjoyed a remarkable campaign, amassing over 600 runs for the first time since 2016.

The inclusion of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma in the Caribbean Tour as debutants garnered attention, but it left fans disappointed as players like Rinku Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Jitesh Sharma missed out. 

Sourav Ganguly provided reassurance to the overlooked players, emphasizing the need for consistent performance, stating, “They just have to keep playing. They will have to keep performing in whatever chances they get. It happens all the time. Only 15 can be picked in the squad, and 11 can play. So, somebody has to miss out. I am pretty sure their time will come.”

Last Updated on July 8, 2023

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