As the T20 World Cup 2024 approaches rapidly, there have been purported alterations in the strategies of the Indian cricket team regarding their preferred players in the starting lineup. Notably, Virat Kohli, who had previously been a key first-choice player in the Indian XI for T20 internationals, is no longer among the preferred picks. It is noteworthy that Kohli had achieved the top-scoring position in the T20 World Cup 2022 held in Australia, emerging as the highest run-scorer and the Player of the Tournament in the ICC World Cup 2023.
In anticipation of the T20 World Cup 2024, a Dainik Jagran report revealed that Captain Rohit Sharma, Head Coach Rahul Dravid, and the Selection Committee, led by Ajit Agarkar, engaged in a comprehensive five-hour meeting in Delhi. The objective was to strategize and outline a plan for the impending major event set to take place in the West Indies and the USA.
Prior to finalizing the squad for the T20 World Cup, India had a limited number of T20Is—three in South Africa and three against Afghanistan on home turf. Notably, key players such as Kohli, Rohit, and Jasprit Bumrah opted for breaks during the white-ball segment of the South Africa tour. Consequently, only three T20Is against Afghanistan remain to witness the full-strength squad in action.
ICT considering Ishan Kishan over Virat Kohli for T20 WC 2024
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Indian Cricket Board considering Ishan Kishan for aggressive number 3 role in upcoming T20 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/9rrMyztMuz
— CricketGully (@thecricketgully) December 7, 2023
Nevertheless, in the case of Virat Kohli, despite his commendable performance of scoring 765 runs, including 9 instances of surpassing the fifty-run mark, he purportedly isn’t the preferred candidate for the number three position in India’s playing XI.
According to a report from Dainik Jagran, the selectors and the board are inclined towards a player capable of adopting an aggressive approach right from the start, making Ishan Kishan the leading contender for the No.3 spot. Virat Kohli, holding the record for the highest run tally in T20Is with 4008 runs, could still be in contention for the T20 World Cup 2024 if he delivers an impressive performance in IPL 2024. Notably, for RCB, Kohli assumes the role of an opener, and with all the opening slots in the Indian team occupied, his position becomes uncertain.