Previous U.K. cricketer Monty Panesa inferred from Virat KohliThe sled was under pressure in Edgbaston’s fifth Test. Panesar believes trust issues with the BCCI have affected the star hitter because he is hardly himself.
Kohli’s fifth Test against England at Edgbaston Jonny BarstowAlthough the 33-year-old faced no action over his sled, several former cricketers slammed him on social media for doing so.
against Times of India, Panesar questioned Kohli’s on-field behaviour, saying the celebrations were too forceful. The 40-year-old feels Kohli appears to be under pressure, stemming from his off-field issues with the BCCI.
“Looking at his behaviour in England and everything, I asked myself was this really Virat Kohli? It was a bit too much. Not him. Not really him. His celebrations and sleds showed he took some pressure. “
“This is not Virat Kohli as we know it. Some trust issues between him and the BCCI staff have left him a little scarred. He was treated and how he talked about it in the media.”
The former left-arm spinner also feels he shouldn’t play in this year’s IPL and is focusing on getting himself fit for the World Cup, saying:
“Virat needs to give himself more time now. He needs to recover properly. He needs a real deep rest. His body and mind need to be healed.”
The 40-year-old added:
“He shouldn’t be in the IPL. The IPL is a great opportunity to go back and rest – both mentally and physically. He should have said I won’t be in the IPL and focus on the World Cup.”
Kohli is the highest-scoring player in tournament history and his performance in IPL 2022 is unforgettable. The 33-year-old has just 341 runs in 16 innings of 22.73, with two 115.99 50 runs.
‘Virat should be in the squad’ – Monty Panesa on his T20 World Cup chances
When asked if Kohli should be part of the T20 World Cup squad, Panesar asserted that he certainly should, adding:
“Virat should be in the squad. He should travel to Australia because you need Virat for the big global championships. He’s an ambassador for the game. So, you need him to be there.”
The Luton-born former cricketer added:
“Whether he plays or doesn’t, he should be there as a player. His experience there can actually give confidence to the youngsters who play.”
Kohli was a standout in the World T20 Championships in 2014 and 2016, finishing with top finishes in both events. In both cases, however, the Men in Blue missed out on the title within arm’s reach.