'None of the batters scored': Former India coach slams Virat Kohli skeptics, says 'scores will flow freely in Super 8s'


No matter how hard you try, it's hard not to talk about it Virat Kohli during a T20 World Cup, especially when he is not among the runs. Kohli has an unmatched record in T20 World Cups. He never fails in this tournament. Perhaps that's why it's doubly difficult to accept scores of 1, 4 and 0 so far in this World Cup. Despite the poor returns in New York, Kohli comfortably tops the list of top scorers in T20 World Cups with 1167 runs in 30 matches at an average of 67.41.

Virat Kohli of India (Getty Images via AFP)

To put Kohli's record in perspective, no other batter in the top 30 on this list has an average above 50. The second-best average among batters who have scored at least 500 runs in the T20 World Cup is Kevin Pietersen's 44.61. This speaks volumes about Kohli's consistency on the biggest stage. It has not only stood the test of time, but it has also passed it with style. Who can forget his unbeaten 82 from 53 balls against Pakistan in the last World Cup in Melbourne? Or his 82* off 51 balls in the 2016 T20 World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Mohali? There are many others.

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But all of these came at No. 3 – a place synonymous with Kohli. In this World Cup, however, the Indian team management gave him a new role of opening the batting. The role may not be entirely new for Kohli as he has done the same for his franchise, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, in the IPL over the past few seasons. Even in international cricket, he had a pretty enviable record of batting at the top of the order. In fact, his only century in this format came in the opener against Afghanistan in a 2022 Asia Cup match.

But the pitches in New York and the desire to go hard from the start may have worked against Kohli's natural instincts in this World Cup. He didn't look very comfortable in the middle in the three matches against Ireland, Pakistan and the United States.

After three consecutive low scores, the questions are bound to come. Should India rethink the idea of ​​opening with Kohli?

India came into this World Cup with a rather unexpected batting line-up. They opened with Rohit Sharma and Kohli and promoted Rishabh pants at No. 3. Kohli may not have scored runs, but Pant had a lot of success in the tournament. His pyrotechnics at No. 3 worked well on the sluggish tracks.

Changing Kohli's position would also mean moving Pant back to No.5, where he hasn't had much success unless captain Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid want to pull off another surprise by swapping batting positions of Pant and Kohli.

“Virat Kohli’s races will take place in Super 8”

Former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar said there is nothing to worry about Kohli's form. The former India all-rounder said one should not judge Kohli's performance based on his scores in New York as none of the batters were able to get going on these two-pace tracks.

“Yes, I agree that Virat Kohli didn't score in the match in New York, but none of the other batsmen also managed to score many runs on this track. It's a tricky surface, and Therefore, I think a big score is just around the corner. He is a player who has excelled in the World Cup events and once the tournament moves to the next phase, those competitive juices will start to flow again. flow and he will start putting in performances for his team,” Bangar said. » said Star Sports.

India have already secured their qualification for the Super 8 stage. Their final Group A match will be against Canada on Saturday. However, the weather in Florida can become a huge obstacle to getting a full match.

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