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T20 WC: 'Kohli is doing fine, selectors don't go by social media memes', says BCCI official

IANS | April 01, 2024 05:29 PM

NEW DELHI: Stylish Indian batter Virat Kohli is currently leading the IPL 2024 batting chart with 181 runs in three matches. His strike rate (141.1) is not that impressive, but a BCCI official believes that Kohli will improve it, considering his form and experience.

Before the start of IPL 2024, there were reports that Kohli might find it tough to get a place in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup, scheduled later this year, and chief selector Ajit Agarkar will be keeping a close watch on the former Indian captain's performance.

However, Kohli’s two back-to-back fifties in three matches of the cash-rich league, has lifted his chances for World Cup contention.

Though RCB has lost two matches, Kohli's form with the bat is currently a topic of discussion among netizens. Some are questioning his strike-rate while some are praising his innings. Memes related to his “not-so-impressive” strike rate are also getting viral.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official -- on condition of anonymity -- said that Kohli despite coming from a long break, is “playing well” and added that selectors "don’t go by social media memes" while picking up a team.

"See, it is just the beginning (of the league) and Kohli has started fine. He will improve his strike rate as well in the coming matches. As far as I personally feel, he will make it (to the World Cup squad). Selectors don't go by social media memes. Cricket is played on the field not on social media platforms, " the official added.

The T20 World Cup 2024 is scheduled to kickstart from June 1 onwards in West Indies and USA, following the conclusion of IPL 2024 season. Team India are placed in Group A alongside Pakistan.

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