Virat Kohli’s Lean Phase Assessed by Team India Star After Win Over USA in T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli recorded his first-ever golden duck in January against Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the former India skipper achieved the same unwanted feat in match No.25 of the ICC World Cup 2024 between India and the United States of America (USA) in New York. Arriving at the grandest stage after a run-fest season in the IPL 2024, run-machine Kohli has struggled for form in the first three games of the ICC event co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies.

Struggles in the T20 World Cup

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With Kohli facing the heat after a series of batting failures at the T20 World Cup, legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has urged fans to show faith in the batting icon. “Virat has had bad patches before, and he’s always come back stronger. Fans need to be patient and trust in his ability,” Gavaskar stated. Kohli has recorded forgetful scores of 1 (against Ireland), four (against Pakistan), and zero (against the USA) in the first three games of the ICC event.

Support from Teammates

While Kohli failed to fire for India, power-hitter Shivam Dube repaid the faith of selectors by playing a crucial knock against the USA in the T20 World Cup. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star regained form with his 35-ball 31 as the power-hitter played a perfect second fiddle to Suryakumar Yadav. Dube and Suryakumar sealed India’s seven-wicket win over the USA in the Big Apple.

Team’s Perspective

Speaking to news agency PTI after the match, Dube was asked about Kohli’s lean patch in the ICC event. “There is nothing I can say about Virat Kohli because I’m not Virat Kohli,” Dube remarked. “His bad patch means he got out cheaply a couple of times but will come back scoring hundreds in the next three matches. We all know his game and how he plays.”

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The Indian think tank has opted to keep opener Yashasvi Jaiswal out of the playing XI to accommodate Kohli as a top-order batter. “It’s about finding the right balance,” an insider from the team management mentioned. “Virat’s experience and past performances are invaluable.”

“Virat’s lean patch is just a phase,” Suryakumar Yadav said confidently. “We have full faith in his ability to turn things around and contribute significantly to our success in this World Cup.”

Recent Form and Expectations

Former Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) skipper Kohli smashed 741 runs in 15 innings at an average of 61.75 in the IPL 2024. RCB opener Kohli struck five fifties, and one century, and also won the Orange Cap in the 2024 edition. Opening the innings for India, Kohli edged an outside off delivery from Saurabh Netravalkar to record his second golden duck in T20Is at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. The 35-year-old has six ducks in the shortest format. Kohli-starrer India will meet Canada on June 15 at Florida’s Central Broward Park.

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Looking Ahead

As India continues its campaign in the T20 World Cup, the team management faces decisions about the playing XI, especially concerning Kohli’s position. The upcoming match against Canada will be crucial for Kohli to regain his form and silence critics. Fans and teammates alike remain optimistic about Kohli’s ability to bounce back and lead India to further victories in the tournament.

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Virat Kohli recorded his first-ever golden duck in January against Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the former India skipper achieved the same unwanted feat in match No.25 of the ICC World Cup 2024 between India and the United States of America (USA) in New York. Arriving at the grandest stage after a run-fest season in the IPL 2024, run-machine Kohli has struggled for form in the first three games of the ICC event co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies.

Struggles in the T20 World Cup

With Kohli facing the heat after a series of batting failures at the T20 World Cup, legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has urged fans to show faith in the batting icon. "Virat has had bad patches before, and he's always come back stronger. Fans need to be patient and trust in his ability," Gavaskar stated. Kohli has recorded forgetful scores of 1 (against Ireland), four (against Pakistan), and zero (against the USA) in the first three games of the ICC event.

Support from Teammates

While Kohli failed to fire for India, power-hitter Shivam Dube repaid the faith of selectors by playing a crucial knock against the USA in the T20 World Cup. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star regained form with his 35-ball 31 as the power-hitter played a perfect second fiddle to Suryakumar Yadav. Dube and Suryakumar sealed India's seven-wicket win over the USA in the Big Apple.

Team's Perspective

Speaking to news agency PTI after the match, Dube was asked about Kohli's lean patch in the ICC event. "There is nothing I can say about Virat Kohli because I'm not Virat Kohli," Dube remarked. "His bad patch means he got out cheaply a couple of times but will come back scoring hundreds in the next three matches. We all know his game and how he plays."

The Indian think tank has opted to keep opener Yashasvi Jaiswal out of the playing XI to accommodate Kohli as a top-order batter. "It's about finding the right balance," an insider from the team management mentioned. "Virat's experience and past performances are invaluable."

"Virat's lean patch is just a phase," Suryakumar Yadav said confidently. "We have full faith in his ability to turn things around and contribute significantly to our success in this World Cup."

Recent Form and Expectations

Former Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) skipper Kohli smashed 741 runs in 15 innings at an average of 61.75 in the IPL 2024. RCB opener Kohli struck five fifties, and one century, and also won the Orange Cap in the 2024 edition. Opening the innings for India, Kohli edged an outside off delivery from Saurabh Netravalkar to record his second golden duck in T20Is at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. The 35-year-old has six ducks in the shortest format. Kohli-starrer India will meet Canada on June 15 at Florida's Central Broward Park.

Looking Ahead

As India continues its campaign in the T20 World Cup, the team management faces decisions about the playing XI, especially concerning Kohli's position. The upcoming match against Canada will be crucial for Kohli to regain his form and silence critics. Fans and teammates alike remain optimistic about Kohli's ability to bounce back and lead India to further victories in the tournament.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram