T20 World Cup 2024
Virat Kohli’s Vital Fifty Sparks Mixed Reactions in T20 World Cup 2024 Final
By CricShots - Jun 29, 2024 10:50 pm
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Virat Kohli made a stunning comeback to form on Saturday, June 29, with a brilliant fifty that guided India to a competitive total against South Africa in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Before the final, Kohli’s performance in the tournament had been underwhelming, with just 75 runs in seven games. However, he regained his form at the most crucial juncture, playing an exceptional knock to rescue India from a precarious position in the title decider.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli played a gritty knock

India’s innings started disastrously after captain Rohit Sharma opted to bat first. The team lost three wickets inside the powerplay, including their in-form skipper. In the second over, Keshav Maharaj struck twice, dismissing Rohit Sharma for 9 and Rishabh Pant for a duck, putting South Africa firmly on top. The situation worsened in the fifth over when Kagiso Rabada removed Suryakumar Yadav for just 3, reducing India to a precarious 34 for 3.

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With India in deep trouble, all eyes were on Virat Kohli to deliver. The batting maestro did not disappoint, anchoring the innings with a brilliant 76 off 59 balls, featuring six fours and two sixes. His composed and resilient performance was pivotal in stabilizing India’s innings.

Kohli, alongside Axar Patel, forged a crucial 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket, steering the team away from further collapse. The partnership ended in the 14th over when Axar was run out for 14. Kohli continued his fine form, completing his fifty and propelling India towards a respectable total before being dismissed by Marco Jansen in the 19th over.

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The cricketing world was quick to praise Kohli for his timely knock in the final. However, some fans critiqued him for not being aggressive enough during his innings.

Here are some reactions to Virat Kohli’s performance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the early setbacks, India managed to recover from 34 for 3 to post a total of 176 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs. For South Africa, Keshav Maharaj and Anrich Nortje each took two wickets. At the time of writing, South Africa were struggling at 109 for 4 in 13 overs.