‘Using My Name to Promote the Game’: Virat Kohli’s Cheeky Reply to T20 WC Selection, Says ‘I’ve Still Got It’

‘Using My Name to Promote the Game’: Virat Kohli's Cheeky Reply to T20 WC Selection, Says ‘I’ve Still Got It’

Virat Kohli scored a 49-ball 77 against Punjab Kings

As the ongoing IPL hold the key to the squad selection for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, a lot has been spoken about Virat Kohli’s place in the 15-man team to be picked.

The fans painted the Chinnaswamy Stadium red on Monday night as the Royal Challengers Bengaluru took on Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the IPL 2024 match no. 6. In reply, they got to witness a Virat Kohli classic as the hosts registered a 4-wicket win to garner their first point this season.

Kohli’s innings was not a blemish-free effort as he received reprieves on the very first ball on zero and then on 33. On both occasions, pacer Sam Curran was the aggrieved party. Making the most of the opportunities, he fired a 49-ball 77 with the help of 11 boundaries and 2 sixes. It was the 16th over when he fell prey to Harshal Patel’s slower delivery, holing it out to Harpreet Brar at deep third man. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli admitted that he was disappointed over not being able to finish the game.

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“I try to give the team a blazing start, but if wickets fall you have to assess. Wasn’t the usual flat pitch. Disappointed I couldn’t finish the game. Was in the slot but sliced it to deep point. They know I play the cover drive well, so they’re not going to allow me to hit gaps. You have to come up with a game plan here and there,” Kohli said.

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As the ongoing IPL hold the key to the squad selection for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, a lot has been spoken about Virat Kohli’s place in the 15-man team to be picked. But the man himself came up with an epic reply while speaking at the presentation ceremony.

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“I know my name is now attached to just promoting the game in different parts of the world when it comes to T20 cricket. I’ve still got it I guess,” he added.

The former RCB skipper also had a special message for the lively crowd at the Chinnaswamy stadium. He said, “It’s been going on for years (love story with fans at Chinnaswamy). People talk about a lot of other things when you play sport – achievement, stats, numbers. But when you look back it’s the memories you create. The love, appreciation and backing I’ve received has been amazing.”

While he has now briefly got the Orange Cap, he said that he is past that stage where these things matter anymore.

“I don’t play for these Caps anymore. That’s the promise I can give here — I’ll keep turning up and keep trying me best,” he added.

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