Virat Kohli demotion on the cards? Rohit Sharma talks about batsman’s poor form ahead of T20 WC semi-final

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

India captain Rohit Sharma has spoken about Virat Kohli’s poor form in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 ahead of the semi-final against England. He said that he supports all of his players and trusts each of them to make decisions related to his shooting.

Virat Kohli failed to give good results in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. This comes as a surprise to many, because the batsman was in top form and something similar was expected from him. He scored 741 runs while opening the innings for Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

Virat Kohli was entrusted with the opening role in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 but it was not worth it as he failed to get going in either the league phase or the Super 8. In the six innings, he only managed 66 runs, which reflects his poor campaign so far.

In the last match against Australia, Virat Kohli got a five-ball duck. This was his second duck in the tournament and he is one of the only two Indian cricketers to record two ducks in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. The other is Ashish Nehra, who achieved the feat in 2010.

Ahead of the semi-final against England, Rohit Sharma, while talking about Virat Kohli’s form, highlighted that the conditions have not been easy for batting and that they need to bat according to the situation and at the same time ensure that they score runs. Speaking to reporters, he explained:

“No, it all depends on the conditions we have in front of us. I know it sounds boring to talk about conditions, conditions because that does matter a lot.”

“In New York we saw what the winning result was, so to think that we will go and smash it is not sensible. We want to be a smart cricket team. We don’t want to just speak in one language, which is just go and swing the bat.”

I have talked about the experience in this group and we trust that experience of each player – Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma further added that he has spoken about the experience in the group and has given free rein to all the individuals to take the decision. He also spoke about his captaincy mantra, saying that he needs to back the decisions he has made once the match starts.

“I think it’s important that we understand the conditions and what we have to do at that moment. And I’ve talked about the experience in this group and we rely on that experience of each player to go out and make that decision. Whether it’s playing the reverse sweep, bowl a yorker or a bouncer. We trust those individuals to make that decision.”

“As a captain or coach, once the match has started, there is hardly any need to talk about what needs to be done. Yes, you can discuss certain aspects of the game, but not too much. We have to support them.”

The 2024 T20 World Cup semi-final between India and England will take place on Thursday (June 27) at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.