Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen recently reckoned that Indian captain Rohit Sharma and batting superstar Virat Kohli have “every chance” to be included in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World 2024.
The conversation surrounding the future of Kohli and Rohit has become more prominent following India’s defeat to Australia in the ODI World Cup final, especially given the abundance of talent in the current Indian cricket team.
Although Rohit and Kohli demonstrated impressive form in the recently concluded ODI World Cup in India, Pietersen emphasized that their performance in the forthcoming IPL 2024 will be crucial in determining their inclusion in the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in June of next year.
“They ( Kohli and Rohit) have every chance, would have to see how they go in IPL, check them in the IPL. Because they have been so incredible servants to Indian cricket, you have to give them the respect and you have to ask them that according to form whether they fancy their chances or not. They are fabulous cricketers,” Pietersen told IANS in an exlusive interview.
On Sunday, all the 10 franchises of the IPL cumulatively retained 173 players. Rohit and Kohli were retained by Mumbai Indians and RCB respectively. Pietersen stated that since there isn’t a much gap between the IPL 2024 and next year’s T20 World Cup, it might be a swan song for couple of players.
“IPL form is going to go a long way, because the final of the IPL and T20 World Cup 2024 wouldn’t have much gap in between. Might be a swaonsong for couple of them. Let’s wait and see, those kind of players who have dedicated their life to playing for India deserve the respect too,” Pietersen said on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket (LLC).