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“Probably Saving for the Finals”: Rohit Sharma on Kohli’s Lack of Runs

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Barbados: As Team India prepares for the highly anticipated T20 World Cup final against first-time finalists South Africa, skipper Rohit Sharma addressed concerns about Virat Kohli’s form with a confident and optimistic perspective. Kohli, who has struggled for runs since the start of the tournament, has been under scrutiny. However, Rohit believes the star batter is saving his best for the grand finale.

Dominant Semi-Final Performance

India stormed into the T20 World Cup final with a commanding 68-run victory over England in the semi-final on Thursday. Despite rain-related interruptions, India asserted their dominance from the outset. Rohit Sharma led the charge with an aggressive 57 off 39 balls, setting a solid foundation after the early dismissals of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant. Suryakumar Yadav provided strong support, contributing 47 off 36 balls, helping India reach a competitive total of 171/7.

In response, England struggled against India’s relentless bowling attack and were bowled out for just 103 in 16.4 overs. This emphatic victory set up a final clash with South Africa in Barbados on Saturday.

Concerns Over Kohli’s Form

Despite India’s dominance throughout the tournament, Virat Kohli’s poor form remains a concern. The star batter has been short of runs since the opening match and managed only 9 runs off as many deliveries in the semi-final. Kohli, who has been opening alongside Rohit, a position he excelled in the Indian Premier League, has found it challenging to replicate his domestic success on the international stage this tournament.

Rohit’s Confident Stance

Addressing Kohli’s form during the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma expressed confidence in his teammate’s abilities. He dismissed concerns about Kohli’s form, emphasizing the experience and quality the star batter brings to the team.

“He’s a quality player. Any player can go through that. We do understand his class and his importance in all these big games. Form is never a problem because when you’ve played cricket for 15 years, it isn’t a problem. He is looking good, the intent is there. He’s probably saving for the finals,” Rohit told Michael Atherton in the post-match interview.

Eyes on the Prize

India is now gearing up for its third appearance in the T20 World Cup final, with hopes of ending an 11-year ICC title drought. The last time India reached the final was in 2014, where they faced a defeat against Sri Lanka. As the team prepares for the showdown in Barbados, fans and critics alike are eager to see if Virat Kohli will rise to the occasion and deliver a match-winning performance.

The T20 World Cup final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with India aiming to reclaim their position as the champions of the shortest format. All eyes will be on Kohli, hoping he can silence his critics and play a pivotal role in bringing the trophy home.

Stay tuned for the grand finale on Saturday, June 29, as Team India takes on South Africa in what promises to be an epic clash in Barbados.

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