Despite being one of the top performers in the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy, Virat Kohli has failed to get a place in Michael Vaughan’s team of the Champions Trophy.
The India skipper had entered the tournament on the back of some indifferent outing in the Test series against Australia followed by a forgettable Indian Premier League.
Prior to the Border-Gavaskar series, Kohli had scored a staggering four double centuries in as many consecutive series but struggled to replicate his performance against the team from Down Under, scoring just 46 runs in three Tests. In the IPL too, he managed only 308 runs in 10 outings. However, the 28-year old hit the top gear when it mattered the most.
The right-handed batsman made it clear that he meant business by scoring an entertaining 81* in the very first game against arch-rivals Pakistan. A rare failure in the coloured jersey soon followed when he was dismissed for a duck in the next game against Sri Lanka but India’s man for all occasions once again displayed his exceptional batting prowess in the do-or-die clash against South Africa by scoring 76 not out to help India reach the semifinal.
His brilliant form in the tournament also helped him to reclaim the top spot in ICC ODI rankings and the Delhi-born star celebrated it by scoring a 78-ball 96 not out against Bangladesh to lead the Men in Blue to their second consecutive final. And although he failed with the bat in India’s loss against Pakistan in the final, he had done enough to be called one of the top performers of the tournament and as expected made it to ICC’s team of the tournament.
However, Michael Vaughan does not think that the Indian batsman deserves a place in tournament’s best eleven. The former England batsman also omitted Tamim Iqbal from ICC’s team and included Rohit Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan at their places.
The cricketer-turned-commentator shared his team on Twitter.
Disappointed with Vaughan’s team, one India fan even accused him of being a publicity seeker.
In reply, Vaughan blatantly said:
“Why should Virat be in this team ??”