Virat Kohli’s warning issued in Guyana to England bowlers by none other than his own head coach Matthew Mott

Virat Kohli and Matthew Mott

England head coach Matthew Mott has advised his bowling department not to take out-of-form Virat Kohli for granted in the WC T20 semi-final.
England and India will play a rematch of the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final in Adelaide, which the Europeans won under the leadership of Jos Buttler. The replay of that SF will take place later tonight at Providence Stadium in Guyana, where both teams are sweating it out in the nets.

England and India in a high-risk situation

For England, this semi-final is crucial as they had a disappointing showing in their previous defence of the white-ball trophy at the 2023 ODI World Cup. Jos Buttler and Co. had finished seventh in the league stage of the tournament which was held in India after 12 long years.

For India, a win in this semi-final is important because they have not won in any of the previous SFs since 2016. The 2014 edition was the last time the Indians reached the final before losing to eventual champions Sri Lanka. Another crucial reason is that it is head coach Rahul Dravid’s last assignment with the Men in Blue.
Hence, Rohit Sharma and co. will be determined to give Dravid a fitting farewell by qualifying for the final. Last but not the least, this is the last chance for India until February 2025 to end their ICC trophy drought.

Last year they came close to winning not one but two international events, however the Australian team stood in their way, first in the WTC final and then in the CWC final.

Ahead of the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2024, England coach Matthew Mott warned his players not to take Virat Kohli lightly.

Matthew Mott says Virat Kohli has the ability to play ruthless knock in knockout games

As we all know, Virat Kohli has had a very difficult time scoring runs in the T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States. Virat has scored only 66 runs in 6 games in this tournament in which he has also recorded two ducks. His highest score came against Bangladesh in the second Super 8 match, while in the third round of 16 match against Australia, Kohli had departed for a 5-ball duck.

Matthew Mott believes Virat Kohli is out of form and will be looking forward to a comeback in the semi-final. The victims of his wrath could be the English team.

Virat has shown his class over a long period of time and is one of the players we have prepared well for. We know how he can play; We know how destructive he can be and we also know how intelligent he is in the game. “If the game calls for innings of a different nature, he has that ability,” Mott told reporters.

“So he is definitely a key player for them and as we have said throughout this tournament, what happened throughout this tournament means nothing tomorrow when we play each other, the great players step up in the great moments”. – concluded Matthew Mott.