Harbhajan, a former India spinner Harbhajan Sing has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to inform Virat Kohli before the T20 World Cup in 2024 to avoid any bad feelings between the BCCI and the player. Harbhajan Singh’s comments came in response to rumors that BCCI was planning to sideline Kohli and India captain Rohit Sharma from the crucial clash next year.
Harbhajan emphasized that senior players are the ones who suffer the most when big tournaments fail. He also said that Kohli should not be ignored because of his form if BCCI is looking to invest in young talent. Harbhajan recalled his playing days, when senior players were informed that they had been dropped from newspapers. He said miscommunication should not happen and players such as Rohit and Kohli need to be treated with respect in order to maintain healthy relationships.
Harbhajan, Hindustan Times. It shouldn’t have happened to Kohli. Respect should be shown to all players, whether it is Rohit, Virat or anyone else.
Communication is key. It will foster a healthy relationship with selectors and players if it is conducted correctly. “If someone is left out and they are not informed, this leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth”, Harbhajan said.
Virat kohli hasn’t been playing T20Is since the 2022 T20 World Cup was canceled
After India’s semi final exit at the T20 World Cup, in Australia, the former India captain didn’t play a T20 match. India was outclassed in the 2022 T20 World Cup by England, where Kohli scored 50 runs off 40 balls.
Kohli returned to action after a one-month hiatus during which he struggled with his fitness. He played 12 matches and scored 700 runs, including seven fiftys and one hundred. Kohli was the second highest run-scorer at the Asia Cup, with 276 runs. In the T20 World Cup he scored 296 runs – the most of any player – with an average of 98.66 and four half-centuries.
He is currently participating in the 16th edition Indian Premier League (IPL). He is fourth in the list of top run-getters, with 364 runs scored from nine matches and an average of 45.50.