Virat Kohli remains former India star's top scorer at T20 World Cup after golden duck against USA: 'Don't write off…'

Is Virat Kohli going through a lean period? Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer has issued a fresh warning against dropping the talismanic hitter from the Indian team. With India all set to enter the Super 8 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Kohli's form is the focal point for the 2007 champions. Launching their bid for the second world title in the shortest format, Rohit's Indian team lived up to the odds with impressive wins against Ireland, Pakistan and the United States of America (USA).

India's Virat Kohli reacts as he leaves the field after losing his wicket (PTI)

Although India are the only team undefeated after their first three matches in Group A, Kohli hardly made any impact on the willow in previous encounters of the ICC event. The former Indian skipper extended his streak of low scores in the T20 World Cup Wednesday. Kohli received a golden duck from Mumbai-born pacer Saurabh Netravalkar during match no. 25 of the ICC T20 World Cup between India and USA. As Kohli completes another forgotten day at the office, the 35-year-old must play catch-up in the race for the top scorer honor in the T20 World Cup.

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'Don't rule out Virat Kohli'

Kohli was tipped to finish as the leading run-getter in the T20 World Cup after a season-long run in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Interestingly, former India opener Jaffer had also backed Kohli to top the batting order in the ICC event co-hosted by former champions West Indies and USA. “Rohit and Virat played on the difficult pitch in New York, so they are not among the top scorers. But don't rule out Virat Kohli. As the tournament comes to an end, he will show his true colors and he will show his greatness. I had picked Virat Kohli as the top scorer and I will stick to him,” Jaffer said on YouTube.

'I don't think Kohli should bat at No. 3'

Kohli registered his second duck in the shortest format of the match yesterday. The former Indian skipper notched six ducks in T20Is. The 35-year-old picked up his first golden duck against Afghanistan in January. Opening the innings with skipper Rohit, batting maestro Kohli recorded scores of 1 (vs Ireland), four (vs Pakistan) and zero (vs USA) in the T20 World Cup. “I don't think Virat Kohli should bat at No. 3. He should keep opening because now you have Rishabh Pant at No. 3 and now it's working very well. You ideally want a left-handed right-handed opening combination of hand and as long as you have Jaiswal, it doesn't seem possible,” Jaffer added.

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