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T20 World Cup: The curious case of Virat Kohli

Batter’s form a bothering point as India face Canada amid rain threat

T20 World Cup: The curious case of Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has five runs at an average of 1.66, including a golden duck against USA so far. ANI



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Lauderhill (USA), June 14

Star batter Virat Kohli’s string of low scores would be a concern for India when they square off against Canada in their final group match of the T20 World Cup tomorrow, hoping that the sky remains clear in this city even as several parts of Florida are hit by torrential rain.

With three consecutive wins, India are through to the Super Eight stage, which will be held entirely in the West Indies.

5 India have featured in eight T20Is in Florida, winning five and losing two (NR: 1). However, they have faced only West Indies at this venue

0 No Indian batter has aggregated over 100 runs in the ongoing tournament

Gill, Avesh set to be released

Reserve opener Shubman Gill and speedster Avesh Khan are all set to be released from the Indian set-up after the team’s final group game against Canada. It is understood that going into the Super 8s, the team management is certain that they don’t need to carry four standbys and hence only Rinku Singh and Khaleel Ahmed will accompany the team during the Caribbean leg. PTI

Kohli came into the T20 World Cup after setting the IPL ablaze, scoring upwards of 700 runs at a strike-rate of over 150 for Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

Therefore, it wasn’t an entirely misplaced expectation that he will continue to fire in the ICC showpiece, which is perhaps his final chance to earn India an ICC World Cup after 13 years.

But three matches have gone by, and Kohli has five runs at an average of 1.66, including a golden duck against USA.

His form has provided an interesting subplot to the game against tournament debutants Canada, which is otherwise inconsequential, at least for India.

Perhaps, a 1,850km trip from New York to Florida might bring with it a turnaround in fortunes for Kohli, who must be hurting after those ordinary outings.

The pitch at the Broward County stadium might not be as spiteful as the one in New York, where the uneven bounce of the tracks and the slow nature of the outfield became bigger talking points than the cricket that was played.

What would ease some pressure on him is the fact that that his lean run has not really affected the team’s fortunes.

However, the premier batter’s low scores, particularly since he is opening alongside skipper Rohit Sharma, has put some pressure on the subsequent batters to take India forward.

Creditably, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav have more than made up for Kohli.

Pant made 36 and 42 against Ireland and Pakistan, good enough contributions for India to emerge victors.

Suryakumar overcame a wobbly start to the tournament just at the right time, making a crucial fifty against the USA.

Shivam Dube has been on a tailspin since his arrival in the US, but a laboured 31 off 35 balls against the co-hosts might just have fetched him another game ahead of Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

While India’s batting might, just as other teams, has been neutralised by the drop-in pitches in New York, their bowling worked like a well-oiled machine on those very tracks.

The trio of Jasprit Bumrah (five wickets), Hardik Pandya (seven wickets) and Arshdeep Singh (seven wickets) have not given anything to the rival batters. The performance of Pandya and Arshdeep would be particularly pleasing to the management.

On the other hand, Canada are a bit green behind the ears but not short of determination, as they had shown during their 12-run win over Ireland.

Players such as opener Aaron Johnson can spring a surprise on their day. But stopping this superior quality Indian side could be a task beyond the Canadians, who might be banking more on the predicted spell of disruptive rains for that.

Lauderhill is about 50km from Miami, which has been battling flash floods caused by a tropical storm, a worrisome situation for the organisers.

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