The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be commencing in just a couple of days and the excitement is palpable among experts, fans, and critics. The showpiece event gets underway on Sunday (October 17) in Oman and UAE. Even the broadcasters are doing their bit to keep the audience hooked into the T20 World Cup. The official broadcasters for the global event have launched one such campaign featuring India skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant.
In a short video clip, Kohli can be seen telling Pant about how hitting sixes is important during the T20 World Cup. The wicketkeeper-batter was quick to respond that he is practicing sixes daily and gave the example of MS Dhoni, who won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 by hitting a six against Sri Lanka.
Dhoni has often been termed as one of the greatest finishers of his time. His valuable knocks lower down the order won India in numerous matches. In the video, Kohli acknowledged the fact and said there has not come a wicketkeeper batter like Dhoni in the team.
In a video shared by Star Sports, Virat Kohli said, “Rishabh, sixes win you matches in T20 cricket.” Replying to it, Pant said, Don’t worry bhaiya, I am practicing every day. It was a wicketkeeper that won India a World Cup by hitting a six.” Then Kohli again said, “Yes, but India have not got a wicketkeeper like Mahi bhai since then.”
Rishabh Pant was quick to say that he is the designated wicketkeeper in the team, who also possesses the ability to finish the match for the team. But apart from Pant, there are KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan in the team. Kohli was quick to note that point and said, “See I have a lot of wicketkeepers, let’s see who plays in the warm-ups.”
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With some concerns over Hardik Pandya’s bowling and fitness issues, the BCCI selectors have decided to include Shardul Thakur in the main squad in place of Axar Patel. Thakur is more of a bowling all-rounder but is effective with the bat in the lower order. India will be commencing its T20 campaign by playing two warm-up matches against England and Australia on October 18 and 20 respectively.