Virat Kohli Backed to Perform Against Pakistan After Ireland Setback

Virat Kohli backed to perform against Pakistan

Sunil Gavaskar has voiced his support for Virat Kohli, encouraging fans to expect a stellar performance from the Indian batsman against Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 match. This comes after Kohli’s underwhelming display against Ireland in New York, where he was dismissed after scoring just one run off five balls by Mark Adair.

Despite the early setback, Kohli, who amassed 741 runs to become the top-scorer in the IPL 2024, is seen as a key player for India’s crucial match against Pakistan.

“Top batters like Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, and Joe Root possess an unyielding desire to excel. A poor performance in one game fuels their drive to score big in the next. Kohli may have scored less against Ireland, but he will aim to compensate by delivering a stellar performance against Pakistan,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports.

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Recalling the 2022 T20 World Cup, where Kohli’s remarkable 82-run innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground led India to victory against Pakistan, Gavaskar emphasized Kohli’s knack for performing in high-pressure matches, especially against arch-rivals Pakistan. The much-anticipated match will take place in New York on June 9.

However, concerns have been raised about the pitch at the New York venue. Criticized as “dangerous” by cricket experts, the unpredictable drop-in wicket has caused worry among several teams. So far, only 350 runs have been scored across two matches held at this venue. Following their match against Ireland, the Indian team also expressed apprehensions about the pitch’s unpredictable bounce and its potential risk to batters’ safety.

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