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Will Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli play T20 World Cup 2024?

Will Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli play T20 World Cup 2024?
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In a crucial development for Indian cricket, the future of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in T20 Internationals (T20Is) will be deliberated in an upcoming Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meeting. Both players have reportedly expressed their interest in participating in the T20 World Cup 2024, set to take place in the UAE and West Indies. The decision, which holds significant implications, is expected to be taken in the near future.

Fans have eagerly awaited the return of the dynamic duo to T20Is, with a collective desire to witness their idols in action at the T20 World Cup before potential shifts in focus towards ODIs or Tests. The Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee, known for its bold decisions, will play a pivotal role in determining the path forward for Kohli and Sharma, both of whom have been absent from T20Is since their last match against England in the 2022 World Cup.

The selection committee, comprising individuals like Shiv Sunder Das and Salil Ankola, will engage in discussions with head coach Rahul Dravid and the players themselves before arriving at a final decision. The timing is crucial as it precedes the T20I series against Afghanistan, acting as a litmus test for the players’ form and fitness.

With the T20 World Cup 2024 on the horizon, scheduled in the cricketing hotspots of UAE and West Indies, India boasts a pool of around 30 T20I experts, including IPL stalwarts. The BCCI, led by the selection committee, is meticulously scrutinizing the available talent to finalize the most potent squad for the upcoming global tournament.

However, challenges loom as key players Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya are currently sidelined due to fitness concerns. A senior BCCI source shed light on the situation, stating,

“Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya aren’t fit. The Afghanistan series won’t tell you anything. Everything will be decided on the basis of the first month of IPL.”

As anticipation builds among fans and the cricketing fraternity, the BCCI meeting will not only decide the fate of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in T20Is but will also set the tone for India’s approach to the T20 World Cup 2024. The cricketing world awaits the outcome of this crucial deliberation, which could reshape the dynamics of the Indian T20I squad.

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