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Sanjay Bangar opines on whether Virat Kohli should bat aggressively in T20 World Cup
By SMCS - Jun 7, 2024 9:10 am
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Sanjay Bangar has added that Virat Kohli cannot adopt a predetermined aggressive approach in the 2024 T20 World Cup. He also stated that Kohli’s focus will be on making match-winning contributions. However, India faced Ireland in their T20 World Cup opener in New York on
Wednesday, June 5. But Kohli couldn’t do well with the bat.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

During a discussion on the Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’, Bangar said, “You cannot decide and go that you will play like that only because when you play for a long time for any team, obviously, you have the responsibility to win matches. So whichever way he plays, playing shots or in his own fashion, his focus will be more on winning matches.”

The former India all-rounder also expects the modern batting great to do well in the mega event. With 1141 runs which came at an average of 81.50 in 25 innings, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in T20 World Cups. He was also the top run-getter in the 2014 and 2022 editions but couldn’t win the title as well.

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“The way he has performed in T20 World Cups or any World Cup, he has raised his game a lot. So I have full belief that he will touch new heights in this World Cup,” Bangar stated.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

In the same discussion, Harbhajan Singh also added that a marked improvement in Virat Kohli’s game against spin has put all doubts
about his strike rate aside.

“The strike rate that is spoken about, probably it was because when the spinners used to come, he wasn’t hitting as many sixes as others hit. However, if you see in the IPL this year, he has hit the most sixes. He has started kneeling and playing the shot towards mid-wicket once again. He used to play that shot if I talk about his initial days. He stopped doing that after that, he started stepping out a lot and tried to play straight, but the cross-batted shot and the new approach we have seen, which used to be there earlier, has further enhanced and improved his game in this format. He is not playing the reverse sweep as of now. We might get to see that as well,” Harbhajan Singh shared.