“Love the intent,love the way he went about doing it”: Rahul Dravid on underperforming Virat Kohli

Team India has continued its dominant run in the T20 World Cup 2024, recently securing a comprehensive 68-run victory over England to book a place in the final. Despite the team’s success, one significant concern has been the form of star batter Virat Kohli. Known for his consistency in ICC tournaments, Kohli, 35, has struggled throughout this World Cup, failing to score a single half-century so far.

Kohli’s World Cup Struggles

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This World Cup marked the first time Kohli has opened the batting for India since 2021. He has played this role only once in his entire T20I career, during a match against England. However, Kohli has been a regular opener for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL and topped the list of highest run-getters in the 2024 edition of the tournament.

In the current World Cup, Kohli has adopted an aggressive batting style, which has often led to his dismissals. On Thursday, during the match against England, he was bowled out when he attempted to hit the ball through the leg side but missed as it seamed in. Despite his form, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid remains optimistic about Kohli’s performance in the upcoming final against South Africa.

Dravid’s Defense of Kohli

Post-match, India’s captain Rohit Sharma defended Kohli, and Rahul Dravid echoed similar sentiments in the press conference. Dravid emphasized the importance of Kohli’s positive intent, despite the high-risk nature of his approach.

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“You know, with Virat, the thing is, when you play a slightly high-risk brand of cricket, there can be times when it doesn’t come off,” Dravid said. “Even today, I thought he hit a really good six to set the tempo, but he was just unlucky that the ball seamed a little bit more. But I love the intent, I love the way he went about doing it.”

Dravid also agreed with Rohit’s suggestion that Kohli might be saving his best for the final. “For some reason, I don’t want to jinx it but I think there’s a big one coming up. I’m just loving his attitude and that he’s committing himself on the field – I think he deserves it,” Dravid added.

The Final Clash

Both India and South Africa have remained undefeated in the tournament and will face each other in the final in Barbados. This marks South Africa’s first appearance in a T20 World Cup final, while India will aim to secure their second title in the competition.

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Team India has continued its dominant run in the T20 World Cup 2024, recently securing a comprehensive 68-run victory over England to book a place in the final. Despite the team's success, one significant concern has been the form of star batter Virat Kohli. Known for his consistency in ICC tournaments, Kohli, 35, has struggled throughout this World Cup, failing to score a single half-century so far.

Kohli's World Cup Struggles

This World Cup marked the first time Kohli has opened the batting for India since 2021. He has played this role only once in his entire T20I career, during a match against England. However, Kohli has been a regular opener for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL and topped the list of highest run-getters in the 2024 edition of the tournament.

In the current World Cup, Kohli has adopted an aggressive batting style, which has often led to his dismissals. On Thursday, during the match against England, he was bowled out when he attempted to hit the ball through the leg side but missed as it seamed in. Despite his form, India's head coach Rahul Dravid remains optimistic about Kohli's performance in the upcoming final against South Africa.

Dravid's Defense of Kohli

Post-match, India's captain Rohit Sharma defended Kohli, and Rahul Dravid echoed similar sentiments in the press conference. Dravid emphasized the importance of Kohli's positive intent, despite the high-risk nature of his approach.

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"You know, with Virat, the thing is, when you play a slightly high-risk brand of cricket, there can be times when it doesn't come off," Dravid said. “Even today, I thought he hit a really good six to set the tempo, but he was just unlucky that the ball seamed a little bit more. But I love the intent, I love the way he went about doing it.”

Dravid also agreed with Rohit's suggestion that Kohli might be saving his best for the final. “For some reason, I don't want to jinx it but I think there's a big one coming up. I'm just loving his attitude and that he's committing himself on the field - I think he deserves it,” Dravid added.

The Final Clash

Both India and South Africa have remained undefeated in the tournament and will face each other in the final in Barbados. This marks South Africa's first appearance in a T20 World Cup final, while India will aim to secure their second title in the competition.

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