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Important for Virat Kohli to score runs in IPL ahead of T20 World Cup: Dale Steyn

Steyn, who is taking a break this year from IPL coaching duties with Sunrisers Hyderabad because of family commitments, however, said Kohli’s experience might come in handy for him when the selectors sit to pick the India squad

PTI Bangalore Published 16.03.24, 09:17 AM
Virat Kohli at practice during the T20I series against Afghanistan in January.

Virat Kohli at practice during the T20I series against Afghanistan in January. PTI

It is imperative for Virat Kohli to score big runs in the IPL to guarantee a place in India’s T20 World Cup squad because a few other players have leapfrogged the star batter in the shortest format in the last couple of months, reckoned former pacer Dale Steyn.

Kohli, who skipped the Test series against England due to personal reasons, has not played since the T20I series against Afghanistan at home in January. He has played just two T20Is since the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

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“I think, look, it’s very important that he scores runs because it will put him in a good frame going to the World Cup. There’re many guys who have leapfrogged him recently because he’s taken a bit of a break and there’re many contenders that are possible to take to that World Cup (squad),” the South African said in an interaction with Star Sports.

Steyn, who is taking a break this year from IPL coaching duties with Sunrisers Hyderabad because of family commitments, however, said Kohli’s experience might come in handy for him when the selectors sit to pick the India squad.

“I look at runs the same way that you look at someone’s bank balance, so to speak. Virat has got stacks and stacks of runs that he stored up over many years.

“It is going to work when India is looking to pick a team that goes to the World Cup. They’re going to look for guys who have been there and done that and that’s something Virat has done,” the 40-year-old said.

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