Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Before the selection of the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 to be held at the USA and West Indies, several fans and experts had put a question mark over Virat Kohli's T20 credentials.

However, the star batsman was eventually selected in the Indian team for the marqee event based on his brilliant form in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Meanwhile, former India star turned expert Manjrekar has thrown his weight behind Kohli. According to Manjrekar, Virat and captain Rohit Sharma have evolved as T20 batters and they will not make the same mistakes in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 as they had done against England in the semifinal of the last edition of the marquee event.

"Rohit and Virat will not commit the same mistakes made in that semis. It's worth acknowledging that Virat is not the same T20 player he was two years ago. He must know deep down, surely, that the ‘outside noise' has actually made him a better T20 batter today than he was two years ago," said Manjrekar.

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"Is there still a lingering risk attached to Virat – that when it comes to the big stage, the knockout games, he is preoccupied with batting longer rather than batting quicker? For Indian cricket's sake, let's hope this preoccupation is buried deep," he added.

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