West Indies cricketer Andre Russell has weighed in on the debate surrounding the inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the Indian cricket team for the T20 World Cup 2024. Despite the duo not having played T20I cricket for a while, Russell believes that their experience makes them invaluable assets to the squad. Russell dismissed the idea of selecting a younger side and emphasized the importance of having experienced players like Rohit and Virat to guide the younger players in high-pressure situations.
Russell expressed his surprise at the debate surrounding the two players, stating that social media often questions the potential of cricketers. He highlighted Rohit’s experience and Virat’s exceptional skills, stating that it would be madness if India were to exclude them from the World Cup team. According to Russell, experience is crucial in World Cups, and sending a team of young players alone would not be wise. He believes that the young Indian players will push Rohit and Virat to perform at their best, but in pressure moments, the team needs the presence of big players.
Comparing Rohit and Virat to legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Russell argued that players of their caliber deserve another chance to win a World Cup. He praised Rohit as a big-game player and emphasized Virat’s love for the big stage, stating that their enjoyment in such situations eliminates nervousness. Russell hopes that the selection board does not listen to the media and gives the duo the opportunity to play in the World Cup, as they have contributed significantly to Indian cricket.
Both Kohli and Rohit have opted out of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against South Africa. The debate surrounding their inclusion in the T20 World Cup squad continues.