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Kohli’s Low Scores a Concern as India Meets Canada in T20 World Cup

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India star batter Virat Kohli’s recent string of low scores is a growing concern for India as they prepare to face Canada in their final group match of the T20 World Cup on Saturday. The team hopes for clear skies in Lauderhill, Florida, despite severe weather affecting parts of the state.

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India, having secured three consecutive wins, have already qualified for the Super Eight stage to be held in the West Indies. However, Kohli’s performance has been underwhelming, with just five runs at an average of 1.66 across three matches, including a ‘Golden Duck’ against the USA.

Kohli entered the T20 World Cup after an outstanding IPL season, scoring over 700 runs at a strike rate of over 150 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Expectations were high for him to replicate this form in the ICC showpiece, which could be his final opportunity to win an ICC World Cup for India after 13 years.

The upcoming match against tournament newcomers Canada, while inconsequential for India, presents an opportunity for Kohli to regain his form. The trip from New York to Florida might be the change he needs, with the pitch at Broward County stadium potentially more favorable than the challenging conditions in New York.

Despite Kohli’s struggles, India’s team performance has remained strong. Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav have stepped up, with Pant scoring 36 and 42 against Ireland and Pakistan, and Suryakumar hitting a crucial fifty against the USA.

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Shivam Dube, despite a slow start, managed a gritty 31 off 35 balls against the USA, potentially securing his place in the lineup over waiting players like Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal. If Jaiswal is brought in, it would likely be as an opener, moving Kohli back to his No. 3 spot.

India’s bowling has been a highlight, with Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Arshdeep Singh leading the attack effectively. Pandya and Arshdeep, both having faced criticism during the IPL, have found form and supported the reliable Bumrah well.

The team management might consider rotating the bowling lineup against Canada, giving opportunities to Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal, potentially resting Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. This could help the team prepare for spin-friendly pitches expected in the Caribbean.

The organizers are concerned about the weather, with Lauderhill located near Miami, which has been dealing with flash floods from a tropical storm. This poses a challenge as they aim to promote cricket in the American market.

As India prepares for the Super Eight stage, the match against Canada will be crucial for Kohli to find his form and for the team to fine-tune their strategies.

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