“I don't see any question on his place” – Sunil Gavaskar on the importance of IPL 2024 for Virat Kohli from the perspective of T20 World Cup

Sunil Gavaskar has no doubts over Virat Kohli's place in India's squad for this year's T20 World Cup. The cricketer turned commentator is hopeful that the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain will perform brilliantly in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024).

Kohli and Rohit Sharma were recalled to India's T20I squad for the series against Afghanistan last month for the first time after the 2022 T20 World Cup. While Rohit scored a century in the last T20I, Kohli scored 29 runs in the second game and was out for a duck in the third match after opting out of the series opener due to personal reasons.

During a discussion on Star Sports, Gavaskar was asked whether Virat Kohli He will be looking to strengthen his claim for India's T20 World Cup berth through his performances in IPL 2024, given that the Men in Blue have no T20Is to play before the global event.

The former India opener replied:

“Absolutely, because questions are being asked whether a young team should be taken because we cannot win the ICC 50-over World Cup with this team. So for T20, which is called a youth game, do we need young players?”

“If you check fitness and pace, Virat Kohli has more pace than some of the youngsters. If he has had a good season, and why wouldn't he have a good season because he has scored a lot of runs on the Bangalore ground and he has also scored a lot of runs on the Mumbai ground, so I don't see any questions on his place. ,” Gavaskar said.

Kohli scored 639 runs in 14 innings for RCB in IPL 2023 at an excellent average of 53.25 and an impressive strike rate of 139.82, including two centuries. He was the second highest run scorer of the franchise. Faf du Plessis'The figure of 730 runs.


“He wants to show that his name should be chosen second after the captain” – Sunil Gavaskar on Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was the highest run scorer in the 2022 T20 World Cup. [P/C: Getty]

Sunil Gavaskar It was noted that Virat Kohli would like to become only the second player to be selected after the captain. He said:

He said, “When the selection committee sits, the captain will be there. Therefore he wants to show that his name should be chosen second after the captain. To show that he will perform the same way this year as he did in the World Cup and also in the IPL last year.”

Kohli was the batsman who scored the most runs 2023 ODI World Cup, He scored 765 runs in 11 innings at an impressive average of 95.62 and a good strike rate of 90.31.

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