“I think he will be the leading run-getter,” Fab 4 counterpart’s prediction on Virat Kohli at the T20 WC

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Virat Kohli

Former Australian captain Steve Smith has made a bold prediction ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Smith picked Virat Kohli to be the highest run-scorer in the tournament. This prediction is not without basis. Kohli, who led the charts in the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup, continues to be a force to reckon with in the shortest format of the game.

Steve Smith backs Virat Kohli

Smith’s confidence in Kohli stems from the Indian skipper’s impressive form during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kohli amassed 741 runs in just 15 matches, showcasing his ability to dominate bowling attacks. His consistency and adaptability make him a prime contender for the top run-getter title in the T20 World Cup.

Speaking to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Smith stated, “My top run-getter for this tournament will be Virat Kohli. He is coming off a terrific IPL, and he is bringing in some great form. I think he will be the leading run-getter.” Smith’s endorsement highlights Kohli’s reputation as a big-match player and his capacity to thrive under pressure.

Graeme Smith, another former cricketer and now a commentator, echoed Steve Smith’s sentiments. He also considered England’s Jos Buttler as a strong contender for the coveted title. Both Kohli and Buttler are top-order batters known for their aggressive stroke play and ability to build substantial innings.

Kohli’s record in T20 World Cups speaks volumes about his prowess. In 27 matches, he has accumulated 1141 runs at an impressive average of 81.50. His 14 half-centuries showcase his consistency, while a strike rate exceeding 131 underscores his ability to accelerate when needed.

Despite missing India’s warm-up game against Bangladesh due to late arrival in the USA, Kohli looked in sublime touch during practice sessions. During a recent net session, Kohli faced quality bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Yuzvendra Chahal. His positive intent and shot selection bodes well for India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup.

The Indian team, having trained rigorously ahead of their clash against Ireland, aims to kick off the tournament on a winning note. As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the T20 World Cup, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli as he strives to add another feather to his illustrious cap.

If Smith’s prediction holds true, Kohli could once again reign supreme as the highest run-getter, leaving a lasting impact on the global stage. This would further cement his legacy as one of the greatest players in the history of cricket.

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