“Still Got It”: Virat Kohli’s Massive Declaration After 77 for RCB Amid T20 World Cup Chatter

Mar26,2024



After a minor hiccup in Royal Challengers Bangalore's first game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 204, Virat Kohli is back where he belongs. The same finesse and class that Kohli is known for displaying was once again on display as he recorded his 100th T20 fifty-plus score in the match against Punjab Kings on Monday, becoming the first Indian and third player overall to do so . He scored 77 runs in 49 balls with the help of 11 fours and two sixes. He scored runs at a strike rate of over 157. RCB beat PBKS by four wickets, and Kohli played a major role.

Kohli, who took two months' paternity leave, did not forget to mention that whether it is cricket in the Olympic program or the T20 World Cup in the USA, he is 'The Face'.

In 378 matches in T20, Virat has scored 12,092 runs at an average of 41.26, which includes eight centuries and 92 fifties. His best score is 122*. Virat is the highest T20 run-scorer for India and is ranked sixth overall. Kohli's brilliant inning of 77 runs came in the backdrop of discussions that the former Indian cricket team captain would not be selected for the T20 World Cup.

After getting the Orange Cap, Kohli has revealed his form. ,[To the crowd] Don't get too excited, it's only two games. I know what it (orange cap) means. [Love story with the crowd] This has been going on for years. People talk a lot about playing sports. At the end of the day, you don't talk about achievements, statistics or numbers but about memories. This is what Rahul Dravid says. The friendship, love, appreciation and support has been amazing and you will be missed and never forgotten,” he said.

After this he said that he still has the ability to perform well in the shorter format.

“In T20, I am opening, I try to give a great start to the team. But when wickets start falling, you have to understand the conditions also. The wicket here was not as calm as usual. It was a little bit two -Speed. Had to play proper cricketing shots, couldn't hit the ball across the line. Tried a few, felt I needed big hits at the other end, which didn't happen as Maxi and Anuj got out early. Not being able to do that “I'm disappointed with how I finished it. It was a slot ball that I cut straight to deep point. But playing after two months and coming into the tournament is not a bad thing,” he said.

“I had to do that, the bowlers know that I play cover drives very well. So they would not allow me to hit the gap. Guys like KG and Arshdeep, if they are hitting the length, you have to create pace, Once you get closer you deny the bounce of the ball. You have to come up with a game plan and try to keep improving. I know these days when it comes to T20 cricket, T20 cricket all over the world. My name is often used to promote the game, but I still think I've got it.”

Although players' places in the T20 squad will be decided based on the IPL 2024 campaign, a report has claimed that chief selector Ajit Agarkar has been asked to 'convince' Virat to make room for the youngsters in the team.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Agarkar had told Virat about the need to change his approach. The conversation inspired Kohli to bat more aggressively in the T20Is against Afghanistan, but he could only register a highest score of 29 in the match.

The report further claims that the selectors are of the opinion that the slow wickets of the West Indies will not suit Kohli's natural game as a batsman. Therefore, the selection committee is assessing its options for the showpiece event.

With PTI and ANI inputs

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