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Virat Kohli ends suspense over availability for warm-up match against Bangladesh; Former India captain leaves for T20 World Cup

Will he do it or not? Virat Kohli finally made a brief public appearance before joining the Indian team for the ICC World T20 2024 on Thursday. After an intense season in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the former Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) captain left for the United States. Kohli was spotted by paparazzi at the airport as the former India captain was set to join Rohit Sharma’s India team ahead of their warm-up match against Bangladesh.

Kohli to join Indian team ahead of T20 World Cup warm-up match (Reuters-X)
Kohli to join Indian team ahead of T20 World Cup warm-up match (Reuters-X)

The 2024 edition of the T20 World Cup could be the last chance for Kohli and Rohit to end India’s title drought in ICC events. The next T20 World Cup will be in 2026, jointly hosted by India and Sri Lanka. Captain Rohit would be approaching 40 years old, and Kohli, 38. India will play the next World Cup for over-50s in 2027. Thus, both Kohli and Rohit will aspire to leave the most important stage with a winner’s medal hanging on them. around the neck in the United States and the Caribbean.

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Kohli regains top form in preparation for T20 World Cup

Kohli, the run machine, retained his place in the Indian T20I team during the league stage of IPL 2024. Leading the batting charge for the RCB franchise, Kohli smashed 741 runs in 15 games of IPL 2024. Kohli-starrer RCB reached the playoff stage of the cash-rich league. The 35-year-old scored 33 in RCB’s loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL Playoffs. Kohli claimed the Orange Cap for the second time in his impressive IPL career. The former RCB captain got the orange cap for the first time in 2016. Kohli had amassed 973 runs during the 2016 season.

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Kohli was the latest player to join the Indian camp for the T20 World Cup. Hardik Pandya and Kohli were the notable absentees in the first batch of arrivals earlier this week. Skipper Rohit, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel arrived in New York on Sunday. Team India will play its only World Cup warm-up match against Bangladesh at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

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