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‘Form never a problem, probably saving for final’: Rohit backs Kohli to deliver spectacle in T20 World Cup final

Providence (Guyana), June 28: India captain Rohit Sharma does not feel that stalwart batsman Virat Kohli’s form is a “problem” and feels the intent is there and he will play in the T20 World Cup final against South -Africa could appear.

After enjoying a successful stint with Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Kohli has been looking to add runs with the bat in the ongoing edition of the marquee event.

In seven matches, the experienced batsman has scored 75 runs at an average of 10.71. It seemed like the semi-final against England was the perfect stage for him to bounce back and find his form for the final.

He hit the ball over mid-wicket into the stands, hinting at a possible long stay at the crease. But Kohli made Reece Topley hit back by hitting the leg stump after the Indian tried to kick it towards the boundary.

Despite Kohli’s disappointing season, the Indian skipper is not worried about Kohli’s form and backed his compatriot to steal the show in the final.

“He (Kohli) is a quality player. Any player can come through that. We understand his class and we understand his importance in all these big games. Form is never a problem. When you play cricket for 15 years, form is never a problem. He looks good, the intent is there, he is probably saving for the final. Absolutely (I am backing Kohli for the final),” Rohit said in the post-match presentation.

Haunted by the memories of the 2022 World Cup semi-final, India stormed into the final with a comprehensive 68-run victory.

The spin duo of Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav went wild and made short work of the Three Lions. They restricted them to 103 in 16.4 overs while chasing 172.

Axar removed the opening order and played his influential spell of 23/3. Kuldeep provided the ideal support by fending off the middle order and ending with the figures of 3/19.

Rohit believes the mantra to reach the final is to play good cricket against the unbeaten Proteas.

“We have been very calm as a team. We understand the occasion (final). By staying calm you can make good decisions. That will help us get through the match. You have to play good cricket. That is what we want to do in We will give our best, that’s all I can say. The team is in good form, they are playing well. All I can hope is that we will put up a good show again in the final,” Rohit added .

India and South Africa will face each other in the final on Saturday at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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