‘Felt so unnecessary’: Ex-India star on Virat Kohli’s ‘have still got it’ remark ahead of T20 World Cup 2024

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New Delhi: Reacting to Virat Kohli’s ‘have still got it’ remark after his match-winning 77-run knock against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, former Team India batter Robin Uthappa labelled it ‘unnecessary’. Kohli was responding to his critics amid questions over his spot in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Multip;e reports have suggested that Kohli might not be able to make the cut in the squad.

However, the veteran batter is fighting hard to earn a spot in the squad for the showpiece event and has been in sublime form for RCB in IPL 2024. After his flop show against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in his side’s opening game of the season, Kohli returned among runs with a brilliant 77 off 49 balls against Punjab Kings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to power his team to their first win of the season.

Kohli also managed to bag the Orange Cap with his stellar knock and went on to take a dig at his critics in the post-match presentation as he made his intentions clear about securing a spot in India’s T20 World Cup squad. Kohli said his name is only attached to just promoting the game in different parts of the world but he believes he has still got it in the shortest format.

“I know my name is quite attached to just promoting the game in many parts of the world when it comes to T20 cricket, but I have still got it, I guess,” said Kohli.

Sharing his views on Kohli’s remark, Uthappa said it was unnecessary and that the RCB batter shouldn’t have said what he said. The former India batter insisted he understands that Kohli wants to be part of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2024 and said that there are no doubts over his batting abilities. However, Uthappa explained that picking the team is down to the selectors and it’s their choice whether they want to back a young team or go with the veterans like Kohli.

“I think what he even said at the last game felt so unnecessary. He didn’t have to say that because I think there was never a question in anyone’s mind about his ability or what he can bring to the table. As far as batting is concerned, he is a class act, but India hasn’t. And he’s his intentions, alright, that he wants to be a part of that T20 World cup. Well, it’s up to the selectors if they’re going to look at a young squad or if they’re going to go with the tried and tested veterans who’ve done really well for the country and for themselves and in the IPL in the past. So that’s up to the selectors,” Uthappa said speaking on Jio Cinema ahead of RCB’s clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday.

Virat Kohli has stated he wants to go: Uthappa

Expressing his surprise at Kohli’s statement, Uthappa said the star batter has now stated that he wants to be part of the T20 World Cup squad and that he will be trying to win that spot with his performances for RCB in IPL 2024.

“But he’s kind of stated, okay, I want to go now. I really want to go and give this a one last score to get a T20 World cup as well,” Uthappa added.

Kohli is currently the leading run-getter in IPl 2024 with 181 runs from three matches, however,r RCB have managed only one win in three games. While his performances in the IPL will push his case for selection, chances of Kohli making the cut in India’s T20 World Cup squad are slim considering the competition for spots.

While Rohit Sharma is already confirmed to lead the team and will open the batting there are the likes of Yashavsi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad among others who are all competing for spots in the top order. The middle order is also stacked after the rise of the likes of Rinku Singh, Jitesh Shara and Shivam Dube among others.

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