Former Indian captain Virat Kohli has been out of form recently. There is no end to the discussion in cricket community about his lack of form. Many suggested that he should be removed from the team. Many people think that this batsman can return to form only if he continues playing game.
At such a time, Kohli went to rest from the West Indies tour. Now there is a lot of speculation whether he has gone on voluntary rest or he has been dropped. Australian legendary cricketer Ricky Ponting has joined such discussion. Many experts have questioned Kohli’s place in the team.
Ponting said he backs Kohli because he knows that if the Indian team drops him, any opposition team will feel relieved. This time West Indies head coach Phil Simmons responded to the former Australian captain’s statement.
Responding to what Simmons would have said to Ponting’s comments if he was India’s coach, the West Indies coach said, ”Look, I am not the coach of the Indian team. Rahul (Dravid) has to take this decision. He is there. I would think about it if I were there. Now how can I talk about that job? ”
Moreover, in response to Kohli’s absence in the West Indies tour, Simmons said, ”I am not happy that Kohli is not there. Because we want to play against the best players and we all know that Virat’s record says he is one of the best ever. Yes, I’m disappointed, but it would be nice if he was here. ”
“I’m sure everyone likes competition,” Simmons added. ”Criticism is everywhere. I’m sure everyone wants him to do well all the time but the fact is no one can do well all the time.”