India registered an easy 13-run win over West Australia XI in Perth in the T20 World Cup Warm-up game on October 10. The skipper Rohit Sharma failed to get going but young sensation Suryakumar Yadav completed another fifty with the bat. However, the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli did not participate in the match.
After completing the match, veteran Indian spinner R Ashwin was asked the question of why Kohli did not participate in the match. The veteran gave a cheeky response stating that he needs to be the coach of the Indian team to answer the question.
R Ashwin jokingly said, “I wish I could walk into Rahul Dravid’s shoes one day and answer that question, but as of now, your guess is as good as mine.”
The Men in Blue have been training at the WACA for the past three days. The Indian side was not at its best with the bat, but they ensured to post a competitive total on the board in the warm-up clash. The visitors scored 158/6 in their stipulated 20 overs. In reply, WACA XI managed only 145 in their 20 overs.
The Indian contingent for the T20 World Cup 2022 along with net bowlers are currently in Australia for their preparations for the mega event. They locked horns with Western Australia XI in a training game and are on the verge of winning the contest. WA XI were at point reeling at 20/4 in four overs after India, without Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, closed on 158/6. Eventually India won the game by 11 runs.
Skipper Rohit Sharma made little impact, scoring just three runs before returning to the pavilion. However, Kohli was there at the WACA in Perth indulging in some practice even as the game occurred. He was seen knocking a few balls in the nets, facing head coach Rahul Dravid.
India will face Western Australia in another warm-up game before taking on hosts and defending T20 world champions Australia and 2021 T20 World Cup runner-up New Zealand. Team India will eventually begin their World Cup campaign on October 23 in Melbourne against Pakistan.