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Why Virat Kohli is not playing in the T20’s against the West Indies

The Indian Cricket team is really strong at the moment, especially in the T20 format of the games, with their ranking seeing them at No. 1 in the world. They just completed a 2-1 series victory against England and now they are gearing up to take on their next competition, the West Indies in the Caribbean.

The West Indies series does not have the billing as the previous to against England, it is still a dangerous series. You would not know that the English team is ranked second in the world. With the exception of the third game, the Indian team simply dominated the series.

By contrast, the West Indies sit seventh in the T20 rankings which means very little on the day. The Calypso Kings still have a swagger about them and can turn on performances from nowhere. This was the case even when they have been down at the bottom of world cricket

Are the Indian cricket team taking the West Indies for granted by resting Virat Kohli?

Virat Kohli is one of the best players of this generation, but every player has a down stretch. Currently, as discussed previously, Kohli is not playing anywhere near his best. While he is not playing badly in other forms of the game, he is really struggling in the T20 format. He showed the intent to play the current Indian style of T20 cricket but the results are not good enough.

Kohli picked up a groin strain during the tour of England which is the reason that the BCCI has rested him from the tour of the West Indies. They are still saying that he is part of their plans for the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, if his replacement performs well enough in the upcoming series then surely the Indian selectors will have to consider emitting Kohli from the World Cup squad.

Unfortunately for the superstar, the writing might be on the wall. The previous success of his career has given him some leeway but the clock is ticking. If Kohli is going to make a return to the side, he needs someone to fail. Otherwise, Kohli’s T20 days could very well be numbered.

Suryakumar Yadav’s century not enough to lift India to series sweep

The Indian cricket team has had a good T20 series against England. They won the first two games before the English squad clicked in the third game of the series, scoring 215 in their 20 overs. The Indian response did not start well but was held together by a wonderful innings by Suryakumar Yadav.

The Indian middle-order batsman was incredible scoring 117 off 55 balls. This is the second-highest score by an Indian batsman in T20 history. He hit 14 boundaries and cleared the rope six times. He went from 50 to 100 in just 16 deliveries. It was an innings of smart power-hitting which ended when he holed out in the deep in the second last over.

India’s hopes of winning ended with his dismissal such was the way that he played. The mainstays of the England innings were Dawid Malan who compiled a well-made 77 off 39 deliveries and Liam Livingstone who made 43 off 29 deliveries. Harry Brook and Chris Jordan both had important cameos at the end of the innings.

Did India’s run chase answer the Virat Kohli question?

A score of 215 is always going to be tough to chase but Trent Bridge has some really small boundaries.  The chase did not start out well though with India losing three wickets for only 31 runs.

Virat Kohli, potentially playing for his career, came out looking to show that he could play with the required pace needed to stay in the team. He played two glorious shots, including a six, over long-on, which was the shot of the game. However, India needed more from their star as 11 from six deliveries was not going to get them to 216.

Now that Kohli has failed again with the bat, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will need to decide what to do with the former captain. They have five games coming up against the West Indies prior to the World Cup in October.