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Drop Virat Kohli, says Mohammad Azharuddin

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Published: Monday, January 14, 2013, 12:35 [IST]

Drop Virat Kohli, says Azharuddin

Bangalore, Jan 14: Stating that Team India "has no direction," former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin called for dropping of struggling Virat Kohli in the ongoing India-England One Day International series.

"The team has no direction. Nobody knows what is happening. Something needs to be done," Azharuddin was quoted as saying in "The Times of India" newspaper on Monday.

Azharuddin advised skipper MS Dhoni to not to pick players based on reputation but form. He wants India to think of an alternative to Kohli.

"Dhoni should pick the right team. He should not go by the players' reputations. To win a match, it's crucial to back the best eleven. With Virat Kohli too struggling at the top, he must think of an alternative," he said.

After an outstanding 2012, Kohli has been out of form in recent times. In his last four ODIs, his scores are 0, 6, 7 and 15. With Cheteshwar Pujara waiting on the bench, India might rest Kohli for the second ODI in Kochi on Tuesday.

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