Currently, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman of modern Ara. He averages over 50 in all three formats and is the only man on the planet to do so. Along with Rohit Sharma, Kohli is the key player in the Indian team.
Virat Kohli made his international debut back in 2008 during the Sri Lanka Tour. Thereafter he is continuously doing well for the Indian team. However, due to Kohli’s brilliance and consistency, there have been a few players who haven’t got big opportunities in the Indian team.
Hence, here we look at five players who didn’t get enough opportunities because of Virat Kohli
- S Badrinath
During the Sri Lanka tour, Along with Virat, one another player who had made his International debut that was S Badrinath. Badrinath made in the second ODI of the series and scored important 27 runs to take India home in a low-scoring game. Later he made his test debut, during a two-match Test series against South Africa, Badrinath played both games and on debut. He scored 56 against a rampant South African attack.
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He was scoring with an average of 54.49 in Domestic cricket and he was also doing well in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings but he didn’t get many chances to play for Team India. His prime collided with Virat Kohli’s rise as a batsman. Hence, Badrinath didn’t get opportunities at the highest level.
- Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary has played 12 ODIs and three T20Is for Team India, In a span of seven Year. He is continuously doing well in domestic cricket but still didn’t get too many chances to play for India. Kohli’s rise and prime as a batsman somewhat hampered Tiwary’s run. He has scored with an average of 51.78 in first-class cricket and 42.37 in List ‘A’ cricket.
- Karun Nair
Karun Nair made his International ODI debut in 2016 and the same year he made his Test Debut. Nair is the only second Indian batsman who has scored a triple century in Test Cricket after Virender Sehwag. Nair averages 49.50 in first-class cricket and after only a couple of failures, he was dropped not only from the XI but also the squad. Kohli’s terrific run as a batsman also saw him sit out and not get his chances.