IND vs ENG 2nd T20: Virat Kohli again rests Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan dropped

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Ind vs Eng 2nd T20 – Will Rohit Sharma return to India’s playing XI? India’s selection policy is once again under fire. Contrary to what everyone expected Kohli has again decided to rest Rohit Sharma.

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal

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No one could understand, Virat Kohli’s decision to rest Rohit Sharma for the 2nd consecutive match.

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Fans and former cricketers are not able to digest Kohli’s decision. Everyone is asking –

  • Why did you rest ‘The Hitman’.
  • Is he carrying some injury?
  • Is all ok between Kohli and Rohit?

Former Indian cricketer Manoj Tiwary questioned Kohli and the Indian think tank for the decision. “This comes as a huge shock for me. Rohit is called the hitman. How can you rest your hitman like that? The kind of form Rohit is in, it makes no sense if he is not given maximum chance before the T20 World Cup. I am not privy to whether Rohit is nursing an injury or carrying some niggles, if not then its a terrible mistake and I am afraid Indian team might have to pay heavily for this mistake. I am not a great believer in the rotation policy. I believe your best XI should always be playing for India,” Manoj Tiwary told in an exclusive interview.

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IND vs ENG 2nd T20: Rohit again rests Rohit Sharma: India may have to pay this with the series loss against the English side as India’s best player is sitting inside the dressing room instead of being out in the park.

T20I stats since July 2019

Player Mat Inngs Runs Avg SR 100s/50s
Rahul 18 17 663 44.2 139.58 0/7
Rohit 14 14 442 34 144.92 0/5
Shikhar 14 13 359 27.62 120.88 0/2


As opening pairs in T20Is

Pair Inngs Runs Avg 100s/50s Highest
Rohit – Shikhar 52 1743 33.52 4/7 160
Rohit – Rahul 11 558 50.73 2/1 165
Shikhar – Rahul 7 306 43.71 0/4 97


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IND vs ENG: According to the cricket experts – team should pick their best XI instead of getting into experiment mode. And the best opening pair certainly is Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul at the moment – which Virat again decided to stay away from.

“India should have played with their best available eleven rather than experimenting, the best XI should be picked for 2nd T20” said VVS Laxman

Tiwary echoes Laxman and asked why the Indian think tank is hell-bent on experimentation with World Cup almost knocking on their door.

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“I really do not understand when you have some of the finest cricketers in your side with talent aplenty how come we still don’t have a settled XI for T20. World Cup is not far off and we are still struggling to find the best XI. I just fail to fathom this irrational thinking pattern to give everyone a chance to get your best XI. When is the time to give match practise to your best players? I believe in giving the best players the maximum opportunity for their muscle memory. Let’s not do too much experimentation. That’s not good for Indian Cricket,” he said.

If India lose another game – not only they will lose chance to be the number 1 T20 team in the world, chances of making a comeback in the series will be almost over.