Virat Kohli Fought Hard With Selectors To Have Shikhar Dhawan In ODI Series Against England

Virat Kohli is not having good times after stepping down from captaincy from T20Is. He recently decided to step down from India’s captaincy after the World T20 to be played in October-November.

He has done wonders for Indian Cricket especially in Test cricket. For the past 2 years, his bat has not performed accordingly.

“For instance, he had to fight hard to have Shikhar Dhawan in the ODI squad for the India-England series in February- March this year. The selectors, it is learned, wanted to have another opener who did well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Kohli had insisted that Dhawan, who had by then lost his place in the Twenty20 squad, was a must,” it states.

Dhawan scored 97 runs in the first match of the series. He failed to deliver in the 2nd match but scored another important knock during the decider. “So how was the debate in that March meeting, that the BCCI had to wait for some sort of consensus before making the announcement, almost five days after the squad was picked,” it said.

The report further states that Dhawan’s appointment as stand-in captain for the Sri Lanka tour was a completely different matter.

Virat Kohli will be hoping to sign off with an ICC title. He has led India in 3 ICC titles helping the team reach the finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, knocked out in the semi-finals of World Cup 2019.

Under his captaincy, India reached the inaugural finals of World Test championship losing to New Zealand.

It is going to be a big challenge for Virat Kohli and hope to see India lift their 2nd World title after winning the first title in 2007. Under his captaincy, Indian team won T20I series in England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 

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