2024 T20 World Cup Final | Kohli will be relying on his big match credentials

2024 T20 World Cup Final | Kohli will be relying on his big match credentials


Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli. | Photo credit: Deepak KR

Virat Kohli looked disappointed on Thursday after yet another failure in the tournament. His form has been poor with single-digit scores five times in seven matches.

Kohli, who is used to dominating everyone, will be desperate to make the most of it in Saturday's final. “I don't want to look at it as ominous, but I think there is a big contest coming up,” head coach Rahul Dravid told the host broadcaster after the semi-final win over England in Georgetown.

Opening the innings, he has struggled to adapt to bowler-friendly conditions in the USA and West Indies. When sticky surfaces demand late play, the opener runs hard at the ball. Rather unusually, Kohli has also resorted to swinging wildly. His dismissal against England, falling after walking down the track and crossing the line, was an indication that Kohli was under stress.

Kohli must return to his old form, where timing and precision did the trick. These qualities were evident in his memorable innings against Pakistan in the last edition. Only by doing this again can critics who question his suitability for T20 cricket be silenced.


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