World Cup winning Indian captain slams Virat Kohli for team selection in NZ

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement bxs5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2gvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2n72xu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b9wyrWould you ever consider trying this?😱mk6Can your students do this? 🌚65gf2wRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the T20 series victory, the New Zealand series is going downhill for the Indian cricket team. A 3-0 whitewash against the hosts, and now back to back failure from the batting order in the two innings saw kiwis snatching out the first match of the Test series. Among all the criticism and reprimand from pundits and supporters, the team and its captain Virat Kohli has a new critic regarding team selection, and its none other than the world cup winning captain Kapil Dev.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPFollowing the announcement of the Test squad earlier this month, Team India was already slammed for excluding the in-form KL Rahul out from the lineup, and there was a constant bringing in and out of players throughout the latter part of the series, which unfortunately, did not click for Kohli and co.Regarding this, the 1983 Cricket World Cup winner and former captain Kapil Dev has come forward to raise questions regarding the frequent shuffling of the Indian squad. In a recent interview with ABP News, Dev praised New Zealand for picking up the pace after the 5-0 T20 whitewash, but was upset about the constant change up in the team.Advertisement “Have to praise New Zealand, they are playing very good cricket. The 3 ODIs and this Test match, they have been excellent. If we analyse this match critically, well, I do not understand how can one make so many changes,” Dev told reporters.The iconic all rounder was also bothered about Rahul’s absence from the red ball series: ”Management believes in format-specific players. Rahul is in great form, he is sitting out, it does not make sense. I believe when a player is in form, he needs to play.”Advertisement While India’s superstar openers Rohit Sharma out because of an injury, and Rahul not included in the Test squad, India relied on the young Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal to open up for the visitors’ innings.Dev continued: ”There is a new team in almost every match. No one in the team is permanent, if there is no security over your place, it will affect the form of the players.”Although Agarwal kept his nerve with a 34 in the first and an impressive 58 in the second one, Shaw failed to make a mark, along with the rest of the batting squad, including captain Kohli himself, who has only scored 21 across the two innings in the first test. As a result, India couldn’t cross the 200 run mark in either innings, only putting up 165 and 191 respectively.‘Such big names in the batting order, if you cannot score even 200 runs in 2 innings, you have not been able to conquer conditions. You have to focus more on planning and strategy,” the 61 year old added.India’s second Test against New Zealand is on this Saturday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-See which Indian cricketing legends Harsha Bhogle just compared Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma with!Virat Kohli fires back at critics over his batting form after NZ trashing Advertisementlast_img