Virat Kohli officially ruled out of T20 World Cup 2024, Jay Shah reveals reason

Virat Kohli Jay Shah

Selectors are reportedly unwilling to include Virat Kohli in India’s squad for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup. The former India captain returned to the T20 team in January this year after an absence of over a year.

Neither he nor captain Rohit Sharma were picked in the T20I squad after the 2022 T20 World Cup before being called up for the three-match T20I series at home against Afghanistan. While Rohit marked his return to T20Is by scoring a fine century in the third game, Virat Kohli posted scores of 29 and 0 in two outings.

And while Rohit’s participation in the T20 World Cup has already been confirmed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Virat Kohli’s participation is not confirmed. While many believed that his comeback against Afghanistan all but confirmed his participation in the T20 World Cup, reports suggest that Virat Kohli may yet face the axe.

Virat Kohli, doubtful for the T20 World Cup:

According to a report in The Telegraph, the Ajit Agarkar-led selection panel is not interested in picking Virat Kohli for the T20 World Cup as the selectors and team management believe the veteran has not been able to cope with the team needs in the shortest format. .

The report further claimed that the BCCI had left the decision of Virat Kohli’s participation in the showpiece event to chief selector Ajit Agarkar. With India not winning an ICC trophy since 2013, the selectors are willing to take some big and bold decisions for the upcoming ICC event.

As per the report, Virat Kohli could compete for the tournament only if he enjoys a superlative campaign in the upcoming IPL 2024. Players like Suryakumar Yadav, Rinku Singh, Tilak Varma and Shivam Dube are above Virat Kohli in the rankings. ordered at this time. Wickets in the West Indies could also hurt Kohli’s chances.

“It is also believed that the slow wickets of the West Indies would not suit him. “The selectors have been toying with the idea for some time now and there has been nothing to suggest a change of plans,” the report states.

Meanwhile, the provisional squad for the T20 World Cup is due to be submitted to the ICC in the first week of May. India is in Group A along with Pakistan, Ireland, United States and Canada. The Men in Blue will open their campaign against Ireland on June 5.