Virat Kohli joins Indian camp in New York; doubtful for warm-up match against Bangladesh – India TV

Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid
Image source: GETTY Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid during the Asia Cup 2023 in Kandy on September 4, 2023

The star cricketer Virat Kohli joined the Indian cricket team's camp in New York ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 on Friday, May 21. The former skipper rejoined the team five days later and is expected to miss the team's only warm-up match against Bangladesh on Saturday. .

After guiding Royal Challengers Bengaluru to initial loading After the 2024 playoffs, Kohli sought an extended break and did not travel with the Indian team for the World Cup in the United States and West Indies. Rohit Sharma-men in Blue arrived in New York on Tuesday May 28 as vice-captain Hardik Pandya joined the team on Wednesday and immediately began training.

“Virat Kohli checked into the team hotel and after a long flight, he was going to rest,” a senior BCCI source confirmed his arrival as per a PTI report. He also adds that the former team captain will be given three sessions ahead of India's opening match against Ireland on June 5.

Meanwhile, India held an optional practice ahead of their warm-up match against Bangladesh on Friday. Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube and Mohammed Siraj took part in the optional session and the latter two are expected to feature in the starting XI against Bangladesh.

India's preferred batting order will be in focus as fans will be curious about Virat Kohli's role. The RCB stalwart made a sensational impact as an opener in IPL 2024 by scoring runs at a strike rate of over 150 and registering the second highest 38 sixes.

The 35-year-old star showed unprecedented aggression to silence criticism over his T20 World Cup selection. Former cricketers and experts also advised the management to start Virat Kohli as the opener in the upcoming tournament.

Apart from Kohli's role, fans should get a feel for India's first-choice keeper in the match against Bangladesh. Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant both made an impression in the recent IPL, with the former narrowly beating the Delhi Capitals skippers in terms of statistics and team rankings in the league.

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