Deep Dasgupta says “The old Kohli turned up to bat yesterday” in T20 World Cup 2021. Dasgupta mentioned that the sole positive for India. Against Pakistan came in the form of Kohli’s batting. The Indian captain scored a fifty after walking out with his team in a precarious position. Also, steered the team to a respective total, albeit in a losing cause. Kohli’s form has taken a huge hit. Over the course of the last two years. He looked in a good rhythm. The latter stages of the England tour but followed it up with a poor second leg IPL campaign in challenging conditions. Dasgupta suggests that it was the old Virat Kohli who came out to bat and anchor the innings.
“Virat Kohli played good innings. To be honest, the biggest positive that came out of the game for India is that Kohli looked in form. The Old Kohli, the one we are familiar with, turned up to bat,” Dasgupta said.
Virat holds a special bond with the T20 World Cup. He has won back-to-back player of the tournament awards for his exploits in the previous two seasons. He has a good record against Pakistan at this stage. It was dismissed for the very first time. After staging three unbeaten knocks over India’s arch-rivals.
Moreover, Dasgupta believes that The Men In Blue have been handed. In a reality check with a defeat against Pakistan in their opening contest of the 2021 T20 World Cup. But, he feels that there is no need to panic. They should use the week-long break to reflect. Also, improve for the all-important contest against New Zealand.
“This was just the first match, I know Pakistan is a defective competitor when it comes to qualifying, but in the bigger scheme of things, it’s not a complete negative because India has been handed a reality check with this loss. They have to look where they are, where other teams are, and what else needs to improve. There is a big game coming up against New Zealand on the 31st, so India has a lengthy break,” Dasgupta added.