Team India Captain, Virat Kohli thinks Vijay Shankar made a balance in the World Cup-19 squad. As Vijay Shankar got into the squad over Ambati Rayudu for the fourth position on the batting position and captain India defended the decision.
Virat Kohli defended the decision
Firstly, Virat Kohli defended the decision and explained the reasons, “We tried a lot of things. There were a few combinations that we tried. Eventually, when Vijay came in, it was three dimensional: he can bowl, he can field, he can bat. He is a proper batsman as well. That just gave us an option, saying why not have that kind of balance which other teams have had all these years. From that point of view, we all agreed on it.”
To the repeating of the MSK Prasad, the chief selector of tram India, that Vijay Shankar will have KL Rahul and Dinesh Kartik on the middle order batting position, “We pretty sorted with how we want to go about the World Cup. Obviously, who bats where is the decision for later.”
Acknowledging the opportunities, Virat Kohli got, “For me, loyalty matters the most. When I walked into the team, he had the chance of trying someone else after a few games. Although I grabbed my opportunities really early, he gave me an opportunity to understand my game and gave me time in the game.
Then further added, “For me, those things are very important because I know the kind of phase I was coming into. And if he is going through a phase where he has to work things out, he deserves that respect, it’s not like I [gifted] it to him.”
Virat Kohli thinks Vijay Shankar is more applicable for the position, “You look at what he’s done for the country, no one can [gift] him that space, he deserves it. So we were just doing our bit to tell people that you need to think in the same manner.
Memorizing the World Cup-11
Then again made an example, “It’s not like we are giving him something, he deserves this and he is intelligent enough to know what’s going on in his life, in his cricket, everything. It was important to give him space, for which people did not have much patience at that time. Now after 12 months people are saying he is the most important factor in the World Cup, which is true. We knew deep down all along.”
Memorizing the World Cup-11 and made a commitment to repeat. “This is going to be the tournament in which I will be involved in a lot of things. In 2011, I was not involved in a lot of things. And I was not involved in a lot of meetings, the pressures that come along. At this point in time, it’s going to be different.
The captain concludes with, “Even in 2015, I wasn’t involved to an extent where I had to be part of everything that is going on. To understand the magnitude of a tournament like this from a captain’s point of view is a different ball game. When you play so much international cricket, after a while you need a bigger challenge and there’s nothing bigger than the World Cup.”
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Therefore, Team India Captain, Virat Kohli thinks Vijay Shankar made a balance in the World Cup-19 squad. Hope India will be able to rescue the trophy under Virat Kohli.