“Virat Kohli is such a great player for India but unfortunately for the last two years we have seen him chasing the ball outside the off-stump, caught behind or caught in the slips.”
“He has to look at it and improvise. He has to restrict those shots because if he keeps going like this and gets out and doesn’t score runs, then there’s a question mark – ‘why can’t he score’ Used to be’?” Ghavri, who was part of the 1975 and 1979 World Cup teams, told Jagran TV.
He said, “He has to prove his form in the current series. These days you can’t play a long ride in your name. Virat is a great player but just his name will not work. He has to perform and score runs. Everyone like this understands that he is going through a tough time and it happens to every player.”
Praising Hardik Pandya, who is widely compared to former India captain Kapil Dev, Ghavri said, “There is no doubt in Pandya’s cricketing abilities”.
However, he feels that the 28-year-old all-rounder has a long way to go before he can be compared to Kapil.
Pandya displayed his mettle as a match-winner during the first T20I between India and England at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton on Thursday, where the Men in Blue thrashed England by 50 runs.
India’s victory was backed by the likes of Hardik Pandya, who scored a scintillating half-century, taking the visitors to 198 for eight. The flamboyant all-rounder then destroyed England’s batting and finished with excellent figures of 4/33 in his entire quota of four overs.
“There is no doubt that Hardik Pandya is a good cricketer and after a long time, India has got a good all-rounder in him. He bowls well, bats well and scores runs at the right time. Also, he A very safe fielder. Like State Bank of India”, Ghavri said, “I think we definitely need such an all-rounder”.
“People compare him with Kapil Dev but I think he has a long way to go before comparing him with Kapil Dev,” Ghavri said.
Ghavri further added, “Kapil Dev was a different breed altogether and his records and figures speak volumes for him. So, it is not fair to compare Hardik with Kapil Dev as of now.”
On Jadeja being named as India’s vice-captain for the upcoming limited-overs tour of West Indies, Ghavri said that though Jadeja is a brilliant player, he is not captain material.
“When India’s squad for the West Indies tour was announced, I saw Shikhar Dhawan was named as the captain. I think it was a good move. But he named Ravindra Jadeja as the vice-captain. The selectors didn’t see what happened to Jadeja in the IPL?”, he said.
Ghavri concluded, “He had to give up the CSK captaincy midway because he is not captain material. He is a brilliant cricketer but a captain has a completely different mind. Jadeja doesn’t have the potential or even that.” Neither is Jasprit Bumrah.”
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