10 Nov 2022

T-20 World Cup 2022: Kohli’s Performance Will Be Key To India Winning Against England, Feels Mithali Raj


New Delhi: The world awaits as India take on England in what is going to be a blockbuster semi-final of the ICC T-20 World Cup 2022. With Pakistan already reaching the final, it seems that the greatest rivalry is set to reach its climax if India beat England in their encounter with them. The Melbourne Cricket Ground will be packed if India reach the final against Pakistan.
Former India women’s captain Mithali Raj spoke about the chance of there being an India-Pakistan final. She said, “Sure, it will. Now that Pakistan has qualified for the final, India will be at their best. They have to be at their A-game if they have to beat England. And it’s a ground that India has done well. So, if the wicket is very similar to what we got to see today, then it will definitely go in favour of India.”
Mithali Raj also said Virat Kohli’s performance tomorrow will be key to India winning against England. She said, “I think more than everybody, he will put that expectation on himself to score runs in the semi-finals when India needs him the most. Of course, he’s done very well in the deep phase against Pakistan and has been consistent throughout the tournament. 

Mithali further said, "Kohli would want to continue that form into the semi-finals. To reach the final, it is very important that he scores runs and I think he understands that. I think he needs to continue to follow his routine and not change too much, because his expectations are there, there will be pressure. I’m sure as a player he knows how to absorb that and stand and deliver.”

Harbhajan Singh spoke on Rohit Sharma’s form and how tomorrow will be a chance for redemption, “I think this will create an opportunity for him to show his mettle. What we saw today with what Babar and Rizwan did. Rohit is a big, big player and we all want him to score runs. When he scores runs, it feels like he’s batting on a different surface, no matter how difficult that surface is. We all want him to come into form and he’s been practising and trying. Things didn’t work so far, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work tomorrow. Tomorrow might be his day and when his day comes, India are going to win,” he said.
Harbhajan Singh also spoke on who will be selected between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. He said, “I think I have no choice. I would go with Rahul Dravid, because he likes Rishabh Pant but I would like Dinesh Karthik who was playing earlier.”

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