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BCCI top officials to sit with Kohli. He’s no longer the first choice for T20 World Cup; Kishan being looked at No.3: Report

<p>It is said that Virat Kohli, who scored the most runs in the 2023 ODI World Cup, is no longer India’s top pick for the T20I XI. The talk has rapidly switched from ODIs to T20Is, with the T20 World Cup scheduled for June 2024. Following a five-hour meeting in New Delhi with captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid, and the Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee, senior BCCI officials formulated a plan for the forthcoming major tournament in the West Indies and the USA. India will play only six Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) before deciding on their World Cup team: three T20Is away from home against Afghanistan and three in South Africa.</p>
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<p>Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit, and Kohli have asked to be excused from the white-ball portion of the South Africa trip. The selectors will now only have three Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan to evaluate the team at full strength. While Kohli’s place in the T20 World Cup team is certain, Rohit and Bumrah are not, according to a report in Dainik Jagran.</p>
<p>The meeting’s selectors, together with BCCI officials secretary Jay Shah, vice president Rajeev Shukla, and Treasurer Ashish Shelar, told Rohit that they wanted him to captain the Indian team in the T20 World Cup. Since the Australia-hosted T20 World Cup 2022 semifinal, neither Rohit nor Kohli have participated in this format. However, the selectors want Rohit to have one last chance in an ICC tournament after the sort of performance he put in at the top of the order during the ODI World Cup at home—597 runs with a strike rate of 125.</p>
<p>With regard to Kohli, however, the same cannot be said. While the former captain broke history in the World Cup, surpassing even Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds and being the first player to amass over 700 runs in a single World Cup, Kohli isn’t the favorite to start at number three in Twenty20 Internationals right now.</p>
<p>Jagran was informed by a BCCI representative in attendance at the meeting that the board and selectors are looking for a player who can start playing aggressive cricket right away. Right present, Ishan Kishan seems to be the favorite to take the No. 3 position. During the home series against Australia, the left-hander played a few solid innings at that place in the batting order.</p>
<p>If Kohli has a strong IPL 2024, he will undoubtedly be taken into consideration. Kohli is the world’s top run scorer in Twenty20 Internationals and the only player with more than 1000 international runs in the format at an average of over 50. However, according to the official, Kohli usually starts for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and as of right now, all opening positions in the Indian T20I team are taken. Rohit will probably be partnered at the top of the order by Shubman Gill or Yashasvi Jaiswal, with the other being retained in the team as a backup opener.</p>
<p>The players that occupy the remaining spots in the batting order, if Kishan is considered the number three, are Suryakumar Yadav, Rinku Singh, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja. As a result, Kohli, who is regarded as India’s best white-ball cricket player of the last 20 years, will not be traveling.</p>
<p>However, the person said that Kohli’s intentions for the T20Is would be discussed with the selectors and other top board members shortly. If Kohli personally notifies the BCCI that he is not interested in playing the shortest format, then maybe there won’t be any problems.</p>
<p>Beginning on December 26, the 35-year-old will play in both of the Indian team’s Test matches against South Africa.</p>

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