It all comes down to…”: Gautam Gambhir on concerns over Virat Kohli's strike rate ahead of T20 World Cup 2024

Although Virat Kohli has a significant lead in the scoring charts for the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League, the Indian batting star continues to be questioned about his strike rate ahead of the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup in June. Former Indian batter and T20 World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir jumped to defend his former Indian teammate.

Currently mentoring Kolkata Knight Riders, the two-time IPL winning captain had spoken in a video uploaded by Sports cricket where he revealed that results would dictate where a team would fail.

“It all comes down to whether or not your team wins games. If your team wins, no one talks about it, if you lose, they criticize you. You are trying to determine the reasons why the team is losing and each player's game is also different. What the old players can do or what Maxwell can do, Virat may not be able to do,” Gambhir said.

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The former KKR skipper also highlighted the need for players who bring something unique to add to the variety of the team rather than making the team too predictable.

He added: “If you have a team where everyone plays the same way, then you can score 300 goals but also go all out for 30. A key aspect of a good team is that you have different types of players and, most importantly, your team can win. If you're playing with a strike rate of 100, then that might be enough. If you bat with a strike rate of 180 and your team loses, then no one talks about it, that’s the reality.”

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The former Indian opener believes that strike rate plays an important role but also stresses the need to consider other factors such as conditions, match situation and others.

“That’s why I say the strike rate is important. This also has a direct relationship with the conditions, venue, oppositions, par score and match situation. If your team is 50/2 you wouldn't expect the batter to come in and play at a strike rate of 170, but if you are 80/0 then you will need to increase your strike rate.” added the former KKR player.

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