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'Don’t make him open': Twitter explodes over Virat Kohli's ongoing struggles in T20 World Cup 2024

T20 World Cup 2024, IND vs USA: In a stunning turn of events, Virat Kohli’s struggles with the bat continued in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Kohli was dismissed for a duck in India’s ongoing match against the USA at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Despite coming into the World Cup after a phenomenal IPL 2024 campaign, where he made history as the first Indian to be the highest run-scorer in two IPL seasons, Kohli has not been able to replicate his IPL form. In IPL 2024, he amassed 741 runs, including a century and five half-centuries, while no other batter managed to cross the 600-run mark.

Kohli was given the responsibility to open the innings for India in the World Cup, a role he excelled in during the IPL. Initially, it was expected that Yashasvi Jaiswal would partner with captain Rohit Sharma at the top, but the team management opted for Kohli instead.

However, the decision has not paid off. In the first game against Ireland, Kohli managed just 1 run off 5 balls, losing his wicket while attempting a big shot. His poor form continued against Pakistan, where he scored only 4 runs.

Hopes were high that Kohli would regain his form against the USA, but he was dismissed for a duck on the very first ball. Chasing a modest target of 111, Kohli and Rohit Sharma opened the innings. 

Saurabh Netravalkar, a left-arm pacer who once played for India in the Under-19 World Cup, dismissed Kohli on the second ball of the innings, making him edge one behind to the wicketkeeper. As Kohli continued to struggle, fans quickly took to social media to express their disappointment.

Here are some of the reactions to Virat Kohli’s failure with the bat:

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also fell victim to Netravalkar, leaving India in a precarious position. At the time of writing, India is at 39/3 in 7.3 overs, with Suryakumar Yadav and Shivam Dube at the crease.

Virat Kohli’s lack of form has become a significant concern for the Indian team, which had high hopes for him after his stellar IPL performance. With crucial matches ahead, Kohli will need to find his rhythm quickly to help India in their World Cup campaign.

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