Passion, action and noble intention: Virat Kohli hits the net as he prepares for the 2nd T20I against England

Virat Kohli will be available for selection in the 2nd T20I. Photo credit: Screenshot

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat will be available for selection in the second T20I.
  • The 33-year-old is one of the best all-format hitters of all time.
  • Virat is likely to replace Ishan Kishan in the playing XI.
Former India skipper Virat Kohli is ready to show he is still a vital cog for India in all three formats of the game as he steps up his preparations for the two remaining T20Is against England. The 33-year-old, who was not in India’s squad for the first T20I, is ready to make his comeback in the second game, which will take place at Edgbaston on Saturday July 9.

The right-handed leadoff hitter, who has been struggling with form for some time now, hit the ground running and provided his millions of fans with a glimpse of his preparations by sharing a short video on popular social media platform Instagram.

In the video, Virat can be seen first chatting with head coach Rahul Dravid and then playing shots on the net. He captioned the video, “Passion, action and noble intention”.

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Kohli is hoping to get a fresh start in the series in a shorter format and score some points that will relieve the pressure that has been building for some time now. The former world number one hitter’s place in the T20I team is also under scrutiny as he is not able to score runs at a fast pace, in addition to being offline for some time now.

If selected for the second T20I, Kohli will most likely lead with Rohit Sharma. In-form hitter Deepak Hooda, who scored a century against Ireland in the second T20I, is expected to continue at three, followed by Suryakumar Yadav at four.
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Kohli has played as a fly-half for his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the past and has racked up quite a bit of success with them as a fly-half. The Indian cricket fraternity and the fans are hoping that Virat will regain his form in no time as it has now been over 31 months since he last scored an international hundred.

The last time Virat opened for India he scored an unbeaten 80 from 52 against England in Ahmedabad in 2019 and added 94 runs for the first wicket with Rohit Sharma in nine overs.