Virat Kohli’s run woes continue! Opener fails in IND vs AFG match as Yashasvi Jaiswal warms the bench

Virat Kohli’s run woes continue! Opener fails in IND vs AFG match as Yashasvi Jaiswal warms the bench

With opener Virat Kohli's debacle performances in T20 World Cup, is it time to bring Yashasvi Jaiswal into the fold as an opener?

Virat ‘run machine’ Kohli, well, it looks like there has been some dust and dirt all over his once machine-like fine form. The form that did wonders in all the past World Cups is now going through a lean patch. After a group stage failure where Kohli accumulated just 5 runs in 3 games, there is now one more failure added to it in the Super Eight stage. In the game against Afghanistan, he made just 24 runs off 24 balls with a strike rate of 100 at Kensington Oval in Barbados, where the pitch suits batters like Kohli. Although the run machine looked sluggish, except for the down-the-ground six against Naveen-ul-Haq.

Kohli’s debacle in the T20 World Cup 2024!

After enjoying IPL 2024 with the bat, especially as an opener. Kohli has been consistently failing to replicate the same form in this ongoing T20 World Cup. This is unusual for Virat Kohli, as the chase master has a total of 1,170 runs and leads the chart for most runs by any batter in the T20 World Cup. However, the glimmer of subtle hope has not been shown by Virat Kohli this time. Scoring just 29 runs in 4 games with a poor average of 7.25 is not helping India at all.

Poor batting showcase

Group StageIreland1
Group StagePakistan4
Group StageUSA0
Super 8Afghanistan24

Can Virat Kohli bat at No. 3?

No, well, looking at Virat Kohli as an opener, the path seems rough. As both of the opening duo, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, have not contributed significantly in the four games we’ve seen. India might consider pairing Yashasvi Jaiswal with Rohit. Although nothing is confirmed yet as the team prefers not to make changes unless necessary. With several crucial matches remaining, the Men in Blue will face Bangladesh and Australia in the Super Eight stage. The team might continue to trust the Virat-Rohit duo.


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