T20 WC: Ahead of crucial clash, Aussies hail Kohli, Rohit

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 24, 2024 IST

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

New Delhi, June 24: India won all their Group A league matches, topped the group in ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 They also won their first two Super Eight matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

But their star batter Virat Kohli has not been on his usual best in this World Cup. Perhaps a change in role as an opener did affect his performance, feel many. 

However, in the match against Bangladesh, he scored 37 and looked more confident and determined. 

His strike rate and inconsistent run in the ongoing World Cup has been criticised a lot. 

Prior to the all-important Super Eight match against India in the T20 World Cup, Australia opener David Warner came in support of Kohli and said the batter faces a lot of unnecessary criticism for his strike rate.

Kohli played knocks of 24 and 37 runs against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Super Eight matches after the flop show in group stage matches in New York.

Warner added that Kohli's enthusiasm on the field adds the fuel to the contest against India.

"It's just his passion for the game, like, he's got a knack for determination just for scoring runs and hunger to score runs. You know, he cops a lot of criticism, which is not right. I don't know why he cops it, but there are a lot of people out there who are big Virat supporters, like all of us," Warner said on Star Sports.

"Now, we're in awe of the great players that have played this game, and we're fortunate to take the field with. So, you know, for him, he consistently goes about his business how he does. You know, he scores a lot of runs. He's a good team man and he competes hard. And that's what we like about coming up against the Indian cricket team."

India have won both their Super Eight matches while Australia faced a defeat against Afghanistan in their last encounter. If India win the encounter, they will automatically qualify for the semis and join England and South Africa.

Australia spinner Adam Zampa said playing against India will be a huge challenge with Rohit Sharma and Kohli leading the batting line-up.

"I mean, looking forward, hopefully, to the Super 8s in the finals, there's going to be huge challenges. You look down the India's line up, Virat, Rohit. All those guys were obvious names who've been around for a long time," Zampa said.

Meanwhile, Tim David mentioned Rohit's batting is a wonderful sight and the captain is hungry for the world title. "Something about Rohit is that naturally, he's so good to watch how he plays. He's effortless the way he bats. You'd always sit down and watch him bat and it's such a joy. But I think he's got to care about his teammates, which obviously he's in that role as India's captain. And I know that he's pretty hungry for a world title as well," he said.

Prior to their important match against India, Australians praising the two veteran Indian players Kohli and Rohit is bit interesting. Because prior to any important clash, generally the Aussies are known to target their opponents and attack them. (With IANS support)  

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