Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar feels it is very much wrong to judge a player in respect to his performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He mentioned that Virat Kohli’s poor IPL 2019 form should not be considered as a criterion to judge his leadership skills. The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has witnessed a dismal run thus far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
They have conceded six straight losses in the tournament and have now equaled Delhi Capitals’ record of most consecutive losses at the start of the season. They now have to win all their remaining eight games in order to qualify for the knockout stage.
“IPL performances cannot be the criteria to judge anyone. Virat is in excellent form. He is one of the great batsmen of all time and, as a captain, he is evolving. Once you put your faith in him, you must back him 100 percent. He has done well in Tests and ODIs,” Dilip Vengsarkar was quoted as saying in the Times of India.
India have a chance to reach the last four
The Indian 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup is scheduled to be picked by the MSK Prasad-led selection panel on April 15. Vengsarkar who is a former national chief selector mentioned that India surely have a definite chance to reach the knockout stage. He reckoned that with match-winners likes Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah in the side, the hopes are really high.
“India have a chance to reach the last four. We have the best (bowling) attack so far. If we compare our attack to the previous teams at the World Cup, this is better than ever. That’s why we have hope. When India did badly, it was because of the last 10 overs where we were unable to contain the rival batsmen. Now, with Jasprit Bumrah and the others, it’s formidable,” Vengsarkar added.
He also mentioned that other batters need to support Rohit and Kohli as two batsmen alone cannot help India win the World Cup. “Virat is in great form. Rohit remains a class act. But you cannot depend on these two batsmen alone. The others must contribute too. If they get out early, there will be pressure on the others. They should be able to sustain the pressure,” the former national chief selector concluded.