“It felt so unnecessary”: Robin Uthappa’s shocking reaction to Virat Kohli’s ‘I still have it’ comment

Virat Kohli (L) and Robin Uthappa (R)

Former Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa reacted to Virat Kohli’s ‘I still got it’ comment he made after the match against Punjab Kings in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. He said it was an unnecessary comment from the batsman because there is no doubt about his ability.

Virat Kohli’s selection for the 2024 T20 World Cup has been one of the major topics in the Indian cricket team of late. There have been reports claiming that the selectors are not interested in including him in the team because the slow courts of the Caribbean might not suit his game.

Virat Kohli returned to the T20I set-up against Afghanistan. He did not feature in any match after the T20 World Cup 2022. With many youngsters in the mix, playing aggressive cricket, there have been a lot of doubts about his place in the team for the mega event.

However, Virat Kohli made sure to silence all the noise and show the world what he was capable of. The batsman has had a lot of contact in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 and is the holder of the orange cap, which in itself says a lot about his form.

After getting a low score in the match against Chennai Super Kings, Virat Kohli made sure to set the stage on fire. In the second match against Punjab Kings, he scored 77 runs and followed it up with an unbeaten 83 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders.

After his knock against Punjab Kings, Virat Kohli was on fire in the post-match presentation and he knows his name is being used to promote the game, but he still has it. He stated: “I know my name is quite involved with promoting the game in many parts of the world when it comes to T20 cricket, but I guess I still have it.”

Robin Uthappa reacted to Virat Kohli’s comments by stating that there was no need for the batsman to make those comments because Kohli is a class apart with the bat. The cricketer-turned-commentator also highlighted that the RCB batsman wants to be part of the T20 World Cup but it will depend on the selectors. Speaking on Jio Cinema, he stated:

“I think what he said in the last game seemed unnecessary to me. He didn’t have to say that because I don’t think anyone had any doubts about his ability or what he can contribute. As far as batting is concerned, he is a class act, but not India.

“And his intention is that he wants to be part of that T20 World Cup. Well, it depends on the selectors whether they are going to look at a young team or whether they are going to go with the proven veterans who have done very well for the country and for themselves and in the IPL in the past.”

He said, okay, I want to leave now: Robin Uthappa on Virat Kohli’s selection for T20 World Cup 2024.

Robin Uthappa further stated that Virat Kohli has made his intentions clear that he wants to play the T20 World Cup 2024 and win it for the Indian team. He added:

“So that depends on the selectors. But he said, okay, I want to leave now. “I really want to go and give this last score to also get a T20 World Cup.”

Virat Kohli will next be seen in action when Royal Challengers Bengaluru take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on April 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.