There is a lot of speculation about Virat Kohli and his spot on the World Cup T20 team. There are a lot of cricket pundits saying that he needs to opt out of the format. The reasons given are his low strike rate, his lack of form, and his recent string of low scores. But a great man once quote, “Form is temporary and class is permanent.” With that being said, the Indian team for the World Cup T20 needs Virat. But why is it so? Here is an in-depth look:
Virat Kohli was Man of the Series in World Cup T20 2014 and 2016:
Virat Kohli is a big-match player. He was the one who dominated the 2014 and 2016 editions of the World Cup T20. One simply cannot forget his performance against Australia in Mohali and the one against West Indies in Mumbai. He was the lone warrior in the final against Sri Lanka in the 2014 edition. Virat has been there and done that all at a tender age. The team needs such an experienced campaigner in the team. Players like him help to pull things back and help to win the crunch moments.
Slam-Bang Cricket Might Not Work in World Cup T20:
The new template of “Punish-or-Perish that India is trying to promote is difficult to execute. There are chances that things may go wrong and at such times you need a batter who can anchor the innings and take the game deep. This can be very well done by Virat. Players like Surya and Pant who are stroke makers can express themselves by having the reliance that Virat is at the other end. With teams like England, it works as they have Joe Root who can anchor. Team India should give that role to Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli loves Australian Pitches:
Virat Kohli loves the pace and bounces that the Australian pitches offer. If we look at his T20 record in Australia, it is exceptional. He bats at a strike rate of more than 135. The ball comes well onto his bat on the Australian wickets. He also loves to deal with the Australian media. All these things are in favor of his mindset and make him match-ready.
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