‘Wait and watch’: Virat Kohli boasted of going all out in big T20 World Cup matches

Things didn’t go as planned Virat Kohli as opener in the current course T20 World Cup 2024. The tricky Nassau County surface did not allow Kohli to replicate his IPL 2024 numbers at the ICC mega event. He started with a 1 against Ireland and followed it up with consecutive single-digit scores – 4 and a duck. In his new role as an opener, Kohli threw away his wickets in Group A in a bid to break the shackles of the powerplay.

Virat Kohli failed to score big in the group stage of the T20 World Cup. (Getty Images via AFP)

Despite his failures in the group stage, there is no doubt about his place in the playing XI, such is Kohli’s stature, because when things get complicated, it is on him that we will rely on for a mission of rescue.

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The batting maestro also enjoys the support of former all-rounder Irfan Pathan who believes that Kohli will step up in big matches in the next round of the T20 World Cup.

“He knows how to stand out in big games, right? That’s what makes him really, really special. He’s a special player and I’m sure he’ll put his hand up and say OK, I will do it.” do that for the Indian team and when the time comes, especially in big matches, we have always seen Virat Kohli that he performs,” Pathan said on Star Sports.

Kohli was in incredible form ahead of the T20 World Cup and won the Orange Cap in IPL 2024 by scoring 741 runs. The star batter reinvented his T20 game and played an aggressive brand of cricket by adding shots like slog sweeps to his arsenal. However, the batting maestro failed to replicate the same numbers in the group stage of the T20 WC and finds himself in a bit of a lean situation.

Pathan also suggested that the New York pitch brought Kohli down as it did not allow him to play his shots freely, but that won’t be the case on Caribbean soil.

“Wait and watch, the sweep will come out now. He will definitely use these shots because, look, these conditions in New York. But now things will be different and you will see a real Virat Kohli come out.”

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