Virat Kohli calling ODIs irrelevant in the T20 World Cup year ‘wrong,’ feels Ashish Nehra, former India pacer

Ashish Nehra – Former fast bowler disagreed with Virat Kohli’s thought school on the Indian captain about the result of ODI series being ‘irrelevant’ in a T20 World Cup year.

Reacting to India’s 3-0 drubbing in the ODI series during their New Zealand tour in February, Kohli said the series outcome didn’t carry much weight as one-day cricket wasn’t as important as T20Is and Tests in 2020.

Nehra, who played his last international match under Kohli’s captaincy in 2017 and later became IPL’s bowling coach, Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team led by Kohli, said in an online chat with cricketer-turned commentator Aakash Chopra.

“I thought it’s incorrect to say it’s an ODI and T20 format doesn’t matter,” he said, “If it no matter then why are you playing it? Are you saying me that the Indian team not even try to win those matches against opponent New Zealand?” He, who was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team, additional that the current Indian team was “wounding and adjusting too much.”

“I feel the team organization has strained to keep the players on their toes a slight too much in the last 2 years. Although it’s necessary to keep a player on his toes if you feel he’s lagging behind, there’s been too much chopping and change over the last two years and that doesn’t help,” Nehra said. KL Rahul’s playing there and the guy you’ve been trained to take MS Dhoni’s spot, Rishabh Pant, is ferrying drinks. There’s a lot of potential in this squad, but they need to be backed up for a long time,” he added.

As for the on-going discussion on prohibition the use of saliva and sweat to polish the ball, due to the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, He said any changes introduced by the ICC should be considered by balancing its risks and benefits.

“We don’t know how the ball would turn. It can happen that the ball won’t swing or it’ll swing too much, so there shouldn’t be a hurry to restart cricket and all changes should be considered.”

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