Ganguly Defends Kohli’s Critics, Showcases ODI WC Brilliance

After a month-long wait, the big day has been arrived. The ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup is all set to witness the final match between India and South Africa. In this high-voltage tournament, both teams registered exceptional performance. Both will face each other with an unbeaten steak. Team India performed brilliantly as every player shined in the crucial situation. But Virat Kohli’s performance came under the scanner as he struggled in this tournament. During the World Cup final debate, former India captain Sourav Ganguly voiced support for Virat Kohli’s position in the playing XI.

Virat Kohli’s Struggle and Ganguly’s Support:

Virat Kohli’s recent form has raised concerns for India ahead of the T20 World Cup final against South Africa in Barbados this Saturday. Despite being the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 1216 runs overall, Kohli’s performance in T20 World Cups has been disappointing, managing only 75 runs in seven innings, his worst showing in six appearances, drawing significant criticism.

Hopes were high after Kohli’s impressive IPL 2024 season, where he topped the batting charts with 741 runs in 15 innings, earning the Orange Cap. However, Kohli struggled in the World Cup, recording five single-digit scores, including two ducks. His highest score of 37 came against Bangladesh in the Super Eight stage.

Ganguly silenced his critics with a pointed response, highlighting his stellar performances during the ODI World Cup last year as a reminder of his capabilities. Ganguly said, “Don’t even talk bout Virat Kohli. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player. Virat should continue to open. He just had a World Cup of 700 runs seven months ago. He is human. Sometimes, he will also fail, and you have to accept it.”

Drawing Parallel With the Greats:

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly went so far as to compare Kohli to India legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, expressing confidence that Virat would deliver a significant innings in the final at the Kensington Oval.

He said, “People like Kohli, Tendulkar, Dravid, they are institutions for Indian cricket. Three-four matches don’t make them weaker players. Don’t rule him out in the final tomorrow.”

June 29 is a big day in the cricket world. The Kensington Oval is set to host the big clash. After having an incredible tournament, India and South Africa both are eyeing the long-desired trophy. South Africa is going to play their first ever final match. Fans are anticipating a blockbuster clash. 

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