Virat Kohli’s T20 World Cup Struggle: A Career-Worst Group Stage Performance From India’s Main man

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Virat Kohli

Five runs. That’s all Virat Kohli has managed to score so far in the T20 World Cup 2024. As India gears up for the Super 8 stage, Kohli finds himself in an unfamiliar situation – a batting rut. The name “Virat Kohli” has long been synonymous with Indian cricketing prowess, but this tournament has presented him with unprecedented challenges.

Kohli’s T20 World Cup campaign has been marked by poor form. With scores of 1, 4, and 0, he faces a career-worst group-stage crisis. What exacerbates this situation is the lack of opportunities to find his rhythm. He missed India’s only practice match against Bangladesh, and the final group-stage game against Canada was washed out due to rain.

Virat Kohli’s Performance at T20 World Cups

Kohli’s role as an opener – a return to his early T20 days – hasn’t yielded the desired results for India. The experiment aimed to capitalize on his aggressive batting style for the team, but it hasn’t quite clicked.

Table

YearInningsRunsAverage50s
201229045.001
2014417085.002
2016418492.002
202136834.001
20225246123.003
2024351.670

However, there’s hope. This is the first time Kohli has entered the Super 8s of a T20 World Cup in such poor form. In the five previous editions, he was a run machine, anchoring the Indian batting line-up. His class and ability to produce big numbers are undeniable. Team India and fans alike eagerly await his resurgence in the crucial Super 8 matches.

India kicks off their Super 8 campaign against Afghanistan on June 20. Kohli’s redemption could be the key to lifting the coveted trophy.

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