Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star batsman Virat Kohli had a rare failure in India's T20 World Cup 2024 campaign opener against Ireland at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Despite a disappointing start in the tournament, legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar backed the star batsman. The Little Master believes that Kohli will bounce back against arch-rivals Pakistan. 

According to Gavaskar, Kohli will excel in the high-voltage clash against arch-rivals Pakistan and deliver another terrific performance against Babar Azam’s and Co on the grandest stage.

"Top batters like Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, and Joe Root have a relentless drive to perform. When they fail in one match, they are eager to make amends in the next. Their mindset is to score double the runs to compensate for any shortfall. So, he’s scored less against Ireland, he will aim to score big against Pakistan as that it will make up for the previous setback," said Gavaskar during an interaction.

Notably, Kohli was selected ahead of aggressive youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal for the match against Ireland. However, the star batter mistimed his shot, leading to a forgettable day. The former India captain was dismissed for just 1 off 5 balls.

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