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“I think they will want to go there and win” – AB de Villiers on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to play in T20 World Cup 2024
By SMCS - Dec 9, 2023 9:00 am
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Former South African player AB de Villiers has said that star Indian batter Virat Kohli and India captain Rohit Sharma will be hungry to try and win the T20 World Cup 2024 to take place in the West Indies and the USA. However, ever since India’s defeat in the 2023 World Cup final, there have been questions over whether Rohit and Kohli will be part of their plans in the T20I format as well. Both haven’t played any T20I game since the semifinal defeat against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup as well.

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, AB de Villiers said: “We just have to see them there (Rohit & Virat). It’s all about their hunger. Do they have the hunger to go there and win the T20 World Cup? I think so. I cannot speak on their behalf but I think they will want to go there and win. T20 World Cup is a short tournament and you do set yourselves up to have another chance of winning a World Cup. So I do see them going there.”

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While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested from the white-ball series of the South Africa tour, Indian team will be led by Suryakumar Yadav in the T20Is as well.

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli engaged in a mix-up

AB de Villiers further added: “India captained by Suryakumar Yadav is quite a nice move, I like that. He is a bit of a 360 (degree) player. He thinks differently and is a bit creative. It will be nice to watch him lead his troops in South Africa. What I liked about both squads was that the players have been rewarded for domestic performances. Indian squad has played who have done well in the IPL, and the South African squad has those who had a great SA20 season. The selectors have gone with these players to see how they handle the pressure with the T20 World Cup next year. Very excited.”