Since India’s humiliating exit from the 2022 T20 World Cup, star players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have not participated in a solitary T20I match. Hardik Pandya has led the team in Rohit’s absence, and several experts feel that it might be the end of the road for these two legends.
Rohit Sharma recently ruled out giving up on T20Is and said he would decide his future after the IPL. On the contrary, head coach Rahul Dravid revealed that the marquee players were given rest so that the younger lot get more game time.
A vast section of viewers believes that the term ‘rest’ is a sign of respect, whereas they are dropped from the shortest format of the game to focus on ODIs and Test cricket.
In the latest developments, former Pakistani skipper Salman Butt has come in defence of Kohli and Rohit and slammed those who believe their time has come to an end in the T20Is.
“I do not think their career is over. Just because they were rested against New Zealand, it does not mean you forget the veterans.”
Although, Salman did not take the Sri Lanka series into consideration, where also these two stalwarts were missing.