Report: India Receives Virat Kohli Boost Ahead of T20 World Cup Warm-up clash

Virat Kohli is expected to reunite with his team before the T20 World Cup 2024 warm-up match against Bangladesh, following a hiatus from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). After deciding to spend some time with his family before his lengthy flight to the United States for the T20 World Cup, Kohli did not travel with the initial group of Indian players. 
 
Concerns over Kohli’s availability for the June 1 warm-up match against Bangladesh surfaced as he requested a break. The legendary top-order batter, however, is reportedly going to be ready for the practice match.
 
“He will reach New York before the warm-up vs. Bangladesh on June 1. Whether he plays or not in the warm-up will be management’s call—whether they feel there is enough gap between him landing and the warm-up fixture,” according to a News 18 source.
 
Some players have already arrived in New York, including Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Rohit Sharma. A few players, including talents like Sanju Samson, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Yashasvi Jaiswal, will soon join the team; the second group of players departed on Monday morning.
 
The freshly built Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York will host India’s T20 World Cup opener on June 5 against Ireland. June 9 is the day of the match between India and Pakistan. Group A matches will be concluded later, on June 12 against the USA and June 15 against Canada, the event co-hosts.
 
With their previous ICC Champions Trophy victory coming in 2013, India will be looking to snap their trophy drought in the competition. Since then, India has advanced to the 50-over World Cup final in 2023, the semifinals in 2015 and 2019, the ICC World Test Championship title match in 2021 and 2023, the T20 World Cup final in 2014, and the semifinals in 2016 and 2022, but they have not been able to win a significant ICC trophy.
 
Since winning the competition’s first edition in South Africa back in 2007, India will be attempting to win the T20 World Cup for the first time. The final event, which took place in Australia in 2022, saw India lose to England in the semifinals by a margin of 10 wickets.

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