Former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra has backed Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to represent India in the 2024 T20 World Cup, saying their presence is enough. The 2024 T20 World Cup will be held in the West Indies and USA in June.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that Rohit would be India’s captain for the T20 World Cup, while Kohli’s selection is also more-or-less guaranteed. However, a lot will depend on how the two batters perform in the upcoming IPL 2024.

Speaking to The Times of India, Chopra said the presence of Kohli and Rohit is enough to warrant spots in the Indian side for the T20 World Cup. If selected, this would most probably be the last T20 World Cup the Indian duo participate in.

“When you have quality players like Rohit and Virat, you just can’t question their ability and utilisation. Their presence is enough to boost the team’s confidence. They are accomplished players. They are world-beaters. India will definitely require Virat and Rohit,” she said.

She went on to pick Rinku Singh as the key player for India in the T20 World Cup, while insisting that Yashasvi Jaiswal could also play an important role. Rinku and Jaiswal broke into the Indian setup following impressive displays in IPL 2023, with Rinku scoring 474 runs at an average of 59.25, and Jaiswal amassing 625 runs, averaging 48.08 while striking at 163.61.

“Rinku Singh. The way he is performing and looking really good. We have to see how much he is able to sustain, the day he sees or faces any failure, and how he comes back. He is going to stay and be around the team and system. He is the one player the entire country looks up to,” said Chopra.

“Yashasvi Jaiswal is another name. Coming from an Under-19 setup, then IPL and now he is just amazing for the Indian senior team,” Chopra added.

Rohit, who was also part of India’s only T20 World Cup winning team in 2007, will be looking to become the only Indian to win two T20 World Cup titles in June.

Published By:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published On:

Mar 1, 2024

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