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Australia great Ricky Ponting said the upside for India should they stick with Virat Kohli will be far greater than if they omit the right-hander from their squad for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Ponting, who captained Australia to two World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007, said Kohli still had the ability to have a meaningful impact.
"And somehow, the best (players) find a way to rebound and respond, and it's only a matter of time before Virat does that."
Ponting thinks if India do decide to omit Kohli for the T20 World Cup in Australia then there might be no way back for him.
"If you leave Virat out of the eve of the World Cup, and someone comes in and has a reasonable tournament, it will be hard for Virat to get back in it," Ponting said.
"If I was India, I will keep pushing with him, because I know the upside. If they actually get him back confident and playing as well as he can, that upside is better than most. So I think if I was a captain or a coach around the Indian set up, I will be making life as easy as possible for him to feel as comfortable as possible, and just wait for him to flick the switch and start scoring runs again."
Ponting suggested selectors must find a spot for Kohli in India's top-order and commit to leaving the champion batter there for the entirety of the T20 World Cup, with the hope he finds his best form during the knockout stages of the tournament.
"Early in the tournament, for a first-round game, (it’s important to) get him in nice and early, among the runs, and then hopefully by the end of the tournament you’ll have Virat Kohli back at his best," Ponting said.
"That’s the way I would look at it. I wouldn’t think about holding him back at the start of the tournament, with the thought that you might be able to bring him back towards the back end and have him peak. Tournament play isn’t like that.
"You need to work your way into the tournament, get some runs under your belt, and get some confidence and then be playing your best cricket at the back end."