Virat Kohli lashes out at his strike rate critics ahead of T20 WC selection

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Virat Kohli, the former Indian captain and a stalwart of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has lashed out at critics who have questioned his strike rate. This comes ahead of the T20 World Cup, where Kohli’s performance will be crucial for the Indian team.

Kohli has been in sublime form in the IPL 2024, crossing 500 runs in a single season for the fourth time. Despite this impressive run volume, Kohli has faced criticism for the strike rate at which he is scoring in T20 matches. His strike rate of 147.49 has come under scrutiny, even though it places him eighth in the strike rate rankings among the top 10 batsmen in the IPL.

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Virat Kohli’s response to his strike rate criticisms

In a post-match interview, Kohli responded to these criticisms in a strongly-worded statement. He said, “All the people who talk about strike rates and me not playing spin well are the ones who love talking about this stuff. But, for me, it’s about winning the game for the team. And there’s a reason why you do it for 15 years – because you’ve done this day in and day out; you’ve won games for your teams”.

Kohli further added, “I’m not quite sure if you’ve been in that situation yourself to sit and speak about the game from a box. I don’t think it’s the same thing (as playing out there)”. This statement reflects Kohli’s belief that critics, who are not in the middle of the action, may not fully understand the complexities and pressures of the game.

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In a recent match against Gujarat Titans, Virat Kohli silenced his critics with an unbeaten 44-ball 70. He made a conscious effort to take on the spinners in the powerplay and was successful in doing so. This performance not only helped his team chase down a target of 201 runs but also served as a fitting reply to his critics.

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As the T20 World Cup approaches, Virat Kohli’s form will be a key factor for the Indian team. His recent performances and his fiery response to critics indicate that he is ready to take on the challenge and continue contributing significantly to his team’s success. His focus remains on winning games for his team, and he has proven time and again that he can rise to the occasion when it matters the most.

While critics may continue to analyze and comment on his strike rate, Virat Kohli’s commitment to his team and his ability to perform under pressure remain unquestionable. His recent performances in the IPL 2024 have shown that he is in top form and ready to take on the challenges of the upcoming T20 World Cup.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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