What are the chances that Virat Kohli will start as the captain of the Indian T20 World Cup team?

One of the numerous difficulties in international cricket is to bat at a position when a player hasn’t been successful for a team or state. Taking chances and stepping outside of your comfort zone are inevitable, particularly if your objective is to reach the national team. Thankfully, Virat Kohli does not fit that description.

The former captain will have been in the game for sixteen years by August. He hasn’t accomplished much across all platforms. Moreover, Kohli has improved his batting this IPL Dafabet season, which is not surprising given his body of work and his unwavering desire to keep improving even at 35.

Because of their talisman, Royal Challengers Bengaluru is the only team with remote prospects of making it to the playoffs. Kohli stood tall, especially in the early going, when everyone else, except for Dinesh Karthik, had forgotten how to score runs. Even though RCB lost six straight games and seven of their first eight despite Kohli’s valiant efforts, they never gave up. His most recent skill display happened on Thursday against Punjab Kings, when he struck 92 off of 47 balls. He still has the same brilliance even when the other batters begin to click.

Kohli has maintained his lead at the top of the run-scorers’ table with 634 runs, his sixth knock of 50 or more in 12 innings this season. This is the fourth time he has surpassed 600 runs in an IPL season and more than a hundred more than Rummy Gold. Interestingly, all of those runs—which came at a 153.51 strike rate—came from first-base hits. In T20, his overall strike rate is 134.31; in T20I, it is 138.15.

This raises an important question: When the T20 World Cup is held in October, should captain Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli bat first?

Not that Kohli hasn’t made an Indian debut in the shortest format. In actuality, he scored three goals for the first time in his international career in September 2022 during the Asia Cup opening match against Afghanistan. At the top of the order, where he has hit for 135.26 and 3,076 runs at 53.96 in 80 innings, his strike-rate of 161.29 when hitting at No. 3 is significantly lower than his 400 runs at 57.14 in nine innings. The only thing that will support the right-hander’s argument for moving up the lineup is this.

 

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