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Rohit to Lead; Virat Out – T20 WC 2024
- Updated: December 1, 2023
Rohit to Lead; Virat Out – T20 WC 2024 ,In a significant turn of events, Team India is gearing up for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 without star batsman Virat Kohli. The decision not only marks Kohli’s absence but potentially signals the conclusion of his illustrious T20 International career. The T20 World Cup, scheduled for June 2024 in the Caribbeans and the United States, will see Rohit Sharma leading the team.
The BCCI officials, along with head coach Rahul Dravid and selectors, have reportedly expressed satisfaction with the performances of young talents like Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal, influencing their decision to exclude Kohli. Despite Kohli being a stalwart in T20 cricket, the emergence of new talents seems to have shifted the team’s dynamics.
Abhishek Tripathi of Dainik Jagran highlighted, “Rohit will be the captain in the T20 World Cup, but there is no place for Virat. This was discussed in the BCCI meeting held in Delhi.” Tripathi further added that Rohit Sharma sought confirmation as captain during the meeting, a request that was granted by BCCI.
The decision to omit Kohli marks the end of an era in T20 cricket, where Kohli has been a consistent performer. With two instances of being the highest run-scorer in the last four T20 World Cups and a phenomenal record, Kohli’s absence will undoubtedly be felt. In the 2022 T20 World Cup, he scored 296 runs in six games at an average of nearly 100.
Moreover, Kohli, along with Rohit Sharma, will be rested for the white-ball series against South Africa, as confirmed by the BCCI. Both players requested a break, focusing solely on the upcoming Test series. The South Africa tour comprises three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests, commencing on December 10 in Durban.
This latest development adds an intriguing layer to the evolving dynamics of Indian cricket, with Rohit Sharma shouldering the responsibility of leading the team into the T20 World Cup and beyond. As fans anticipate the upcoming series and World Cup, the exclusion of a T20 legend like Virat Kohli marks a significant chapter in Indian cricket’s narrative.
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By- Sahiba Suri