‘He Should Be The Second Name Picked After The Captain’, Sunil Gavaskar Names The Key Player For India In 2024 T20 World Cup

Former Indian legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar has said that he has no doubt regarding the place of Virat Kohli in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 happening in June. Gavaskar feels Kohli will have an excellent season in the upcoming edition of IPL 2024 where the star Indian batter makes heaps of runs.

Kohli and Rohit Sharma returned to India’s T20I setup in the series against Afghanistan last month. It was their comeback since the 2022 T20 World Cup. In the series, Rohit Sharma scored a century in the last T20I, while Kohli contributed 29 runs in the second game. Kohli had opted out of the series opener due to personal reasons and he was dismissed for a duck in the third and final game of the series.

In a conversation on Star Sports, Gavaskar was questioned about whether Virat Kohli aims to confirm his position in India’s T20 World Cup squad through his performances in IPL 2024.

The former Indian opener said, “Absolutely, because questions are being asked whether a young team should be taken as we couldn’t win the ICC 50-over World Cup with this team. So for T20, which is called a young man’s game, do we need young players?”

“If you check fitness and speed, Virat Kohli’s speed is more than some of the youngsters. If he has a good season, why shouldn’t he have a good season? He scores a lot of runs at the Bangalore ground and he has scored a lot of runs on the Mumbai ground as well, so I don’t see any questions on his place,” Gavaskar added.

Sunil Gavaskar also said that Virat Kohli will look to register his name just after the Indian skipper in the T20 World Cup squad.

“When the selection committee sits, the captain will be there. So he wants to show that he should be the second name picked after the captain. To show that, he will perform like that this year as well, just as he did in the World Cup and last year in the IPL as well.”

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