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David Warner Defends Virat Kohli Amid Criticism Ahead Of India-Australia T20 Clash
By CricShots - Jun 24, 2024 7:02 pm
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As India prepares for a crucial match against Australia in the T20 World Cup 2024, the form of Virat Kohli has become a hot topic of debate. Despite India’s strong performance, Kohli has faced significant criticism for his lackluster run in the tournament so far. His Australian counterpart, David Warner, has stepped up to defend the Indian star, arguing that the criticism of Kohli’s strike rate is unwarranted.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

In this tournament, Kohli has struggled to find his rhythm, scoring only five runs in the group stages. His performances in the Super Eight games have been modest, with scores of 24 against Afghanistan and 37 against Bangladesh. These figures have led to a chorus of criticism from fans and analysts alike.

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David Warner, speaking on Star Sports, highlighted Kohli’s passion for the game and his relentless determination to score runs. “It’s just his passion for the game. He has a knack and determination for scoring runs and a hunger to succeed. He gets a lot of criticism, which I think is unfair. I don’t understand why he receives so much flak, but there are many people out there who are big supporters of Virat, including all of us,” David Warner stated.

David Warner
David Warner

David Warner went on to praise Kohli for his consistency over the years, emphasizing the respect he commands from his peers.

He added, “We’re in awe of the great players who have played this game, and we’re fortunate to share the field with them. For Kohli, he consistently goes about his business in his own way. He scores a lot of runs, is a great team player, and competes hard. That’s what we admire about facing the Indian cricket team.”

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Despite remaining undefeated in the tournament, India still faces the risk of an unexpected exit in the Super Eights. To secure their place in the semi-finals, they must defeat Australia in their final Super Eight match. A loss could potentially allow Afghanistan or Bangladesh a chance to advance. The decisive match between India and Australia will take place at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia, promising high stakes and intense competition.