India vs Ireland: Harbhajan Singh backs Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to step up on a tricky New York Pitch

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India vs Ireland: As the T20 World Cup 2024 unfolds for India, the spotlight is on two of the most experienced and accomplished cricketers, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Their performance on the tricky pitch of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York is anticipated to be a game-changer for the Indian team.

India vs Ireland: Harbhajan Singh backs India’s Most experienced duo

Harbhajan Singh, the former Indian off-spinner, has expressed his confidence in Sharma and Kohli’s ability to navigate the challenging conditions of the New York pitch. The pitch, known for being slow, has been a subject of criticism by experts. However, Harbhajan believes that the duo’s experience and skill will be crucial for India during their tournament opener against Ireland.

“Virat Kohli is always ready for the challenges, and now the kind of situation that is there in the T20 World Cup, he needs to be even more prepared. He has not played the first game and in this match, the issue will be as to how the pitch will play out. If the pitch stays like this, then the responsibility will yet again come on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Both of them have that experience and the team will see how these two players react on that pitch,” Harbhajan told Star Sports.

The first six overs will be particularly important. If India can prevent wicket falls during this period and manage to score 150–160 runs, they could set a winning total. Given the pitch’s reputation for being slow and potentially against a fluent display of batting, the responsibility will fall on Sharma and Kohli.

Both players have shown their adaptability and resilience in the past. Their performance on the New York pitch will not only set the tone for the match against Ireland but also for the high-octane clash against Pakistan at the same venue.

The success of the Indian team in the T20 World Cup 2024 could hinge on the performance of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli on the tricky New York pitch. As Harbhajan Singh rightly pointed out, their experience and skill will be key in navigating the challenges of the pitch and setting a strong total for the team.

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