Virat Kohli’s Critics Silenced By Matthew Hayden With Hard-hitting Super 8 Version: ‘Leave Him Alone’

Despite registering forgettable scores in the group stage, Virat Kohli is set to shine on the biggest stage as India aim for their second ICC T20 World Cup title in the Caribbean. Throwing weight behind an under-fire Kohli, legendary Australian opener Matthew Hayden pointed out that the opener batted in difficult conditions at the ICC event. Hayden asked Kohli to deliver the goods for India in the Caribbean leg of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Hayden said Kohli was a world-class hitter in all conditions (AFP-Getty Images)
Hayden said Kohli was a world-class hitter in all conditions (AFP-Getty Images)

Champions of the 2007 edition of the ICC event, India topped Group A to advance to the Super 8 stage of the tournament. Rohit SharmaTeam India’s team outclassed arch-rivals Pakistan, giant-killing nation Ireland and co-hosts USA. In the three matches, Kohli recorded paltry individual scores. Former India skipper Kohli recorded scores of one (against Ireland), four (against Pakistan) and zero (against USA) in the group stage of the ICC event. The 35-year-old also recorded his first ever golden duck at T20 World Cup.

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When asked about Kohli’s form on the Featured sports Super 8 newsroom, former Australian opener Hayden said that Kohli is a world-class hitter in all conditions. “Those (Caribbean) venues where you have to think about how you construct your innings and also think about what kind of realistic totals are possible in those different venues,” Hayden explained.

“Virat is in a very good space”

“Outside St Lucia, par scores are in the range of 160-170 and Virat, with all his experience, will be able to work out what to do, like throwing a spin towards the windward side, depending on its importance . Virat “He is in a very good space, he had extremely difficult conditions and no one would have liked that in the competition. Everyone wants to see these great champions be able to play freely and that will be the case and experience counts,” continued Hayden.

Kohli arrived at the T20 World Cup after dominating the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Kohli made a strong selection case to open the Indian innings by winning the orange cap in the IPL 2024. The former Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) The skipper has amassed 741 runs in the 2024 season of the cash-rich league. Even though Kohli scored five runs in the T20 World Cup, Hayden believes the veteran batter should continue to open the innings for India in the T20 World Cup.

“During the IPL, I advocated…”

“During the IPL, I was saying that if Kohli has to be in the team, he has to open. Virat at three, I don’t think we’re getting the most out of him. You can’t just turn up and blast 250 on these wickets. You need thinking cricketers; it borders on performance during this World Cup. The way David Warner came out on a pretty (hard) wicket and blew the game away, that’s what Kohli is going to be challenged with in the Caribbean,” Hayden said.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam surpassed Kohli to become the all-time leading run-getter in the shortest format. Kohli is 104 runs behind Babar, who scored 4145 in 116 innings for Pakistan. Former Indian skipper Kohli has 4,042 runs to his name in 120 matches. The 35-year-old has one century and 37 fifties in the shortest format. India will meet Afghanistan in Barbados on Thursday.

“Leave him alone”

“Leave him alone. He will show you why the Indian selectors had faith in him in this position. And he must also continue to fight back because we clearly saw the pattern emerging here in the World Cup. That, these six overs , man, you’ve got to be in front of the game here, it’s too hard to catch up if you’re looking to go, in the back half of this game, it’s got to be a good clinical first 10 overs,” Hayden added.

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