Virat Kohli's T20 World Cup Inclusion Undoubted, Says Danish Kaneria

Virat Kohli’s T20 World Cup Inclusion Undoubted, Says Danish Kaneria

Amidst the ongoing speculation surrounding Virat Kohli’s potential exclusion from India’s T20 World Cup squad, former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has expressed his unwavering belief that the star batter will retain his place in the team.

Kaneria dismissed the rumors circulating on social media, emphasizing that such platforms should not be taken seriously. He firmly stated that Kohli’s inclusion is imperative, given his consistent run-scoring and invaluable experience.

“How can you ignore him (Virat)? He should be in India’s squad. He has been scoring runs, it is not a time to look beyond Kohli, it is a time to have Kohli in your squad, who can also groom youngsters,” Kaneria told IANS.

Kohli’s last T20I appearance was in January against Afghanistan, where he scored 29 and 0 in two matches. However, Kaneria believes that these performances should not overshadow his overall contributions.

In addition to Kohli, Kaneria also lauded the resurgence of chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. He noted Yadav’s regained confidence and improved performance, encouraging him to continue building on his momentum.

Looking ahead to the upcoming IPL season, Kaneria urged the BCCI and franchises to prioritize the workload management of key players, especially to prevent injuries to the likes of Jasprit Bumrah. He also highlighted the importance of nurturing emerging talents like Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Expressing his desire to contribute to the game, Kaneria expressed his willingness to return to the field as a coach. He welcomed the opportunity to work with any IPL team, particularly to mentor young spinners and contribute to the development of the next generation of cricketers.