It’s not about my or your sentiments, to give Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli one last chance to win the T20 World Cup 2024. But there is no reason to look beyond them. Virat Kohli was the tournament’s highest run-getter and play one of the all-time great T20 knocks by an Indian batsman.
Virat Kohli hasn’t play another T20I since India’s semifinal exit in the 2022 World Cup, but enjoy playing IPL.
Total 639 runs is his second-best run-haul ever, so is the strike rate that is a nudge below 140.
If any, Virat Kohli has only reinvigorated his T20 game and looks in no mood to slow down.
While Rohit Sharma’s recent T20I outings have not been quite eye-catching but the freedom in which he play in the ODI World Cup is a reliable indicator of his mindset.
A cricketer like Rohit Sharma should not be value merely through the prism of numbers in a particular format, but his recent form, even if it be in other formats.
As Rohit Sharma was India’s tempo-setter in the 50-over World Cup.
Picking both risks brings conservative but has not conservatism bore fruits in the T20 World Cup?
As we can see Australia’s squad that won the 2021 World Cup in UAE.
It was a supposedly old and worn-out group, but when the big moments came, their wisdom and experience made a telling difference.
A young, dynamic-looking team might win you bilateral series, give you fleeting thrills, but for the big tournaments, you need the big names, the past heros, inspire to make a big splash before their sneak into the closed doors.
In conclusion, I would like to supports the inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the T20 World Cup squad based on their recent performances, overall cricketing prowess, and the belief that experience players can make a significant impact in crucial moments.
As a preference for a balance mix of youth and experience, acknowledging the importance of big names in major tournaments.
Rahul Ram Dwivedi (RRD) is a senior journalist in 2YoDoINDIA.
NOTE : Views expressed are personal.