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'Biggest Rubbish I Have Ever Heard...': Ex-AUS Opener Bats For Kohli's Inclusion In T20 WC Squad

Kohli has looked good so far in the IPL 2024. (AP)Kohli has looked good so far in the IPL 2024. (AP)

Former Australian skipper Aaron Finch has strongly defended India batting maestro Virat Kohli against critics questioning his place in the T20 World Cup squad, labelling such doubts as "the biggest rubbish." Finch asserted that omitting Kohli, whom he regards as the "greatest white-ball cricketer," from the global event would be a grave oversight.

Recent reports suggested uncertainty surrounding Kohli's inclusion in the squad due to concerns that his style may not be suited to the slower wickets expected in the West Indies.

 While his selection remains undecided, Kohli faced scrutiny as the IPL 2024 kicked-off. Although he struggled in the season opener against CSK, scoring just 21 runs from 20 balls, Kohli bounced back strongly in the following game, contributing a match-winning 77 runs off 49 balls to secure victory for RCB against PBKS. 

After the match, during the post-match press conference, the former Indian skipper said he’s optimistic regarding his comeback to the Indian team.

Finch hits back at Kohli's World Cup 2024 critics

Expressing confidence in Kohli's abilities, Finch underlined his value as a big-match player and stressed the significance of his presence, even if his strike rate may be comparatively lower.

“It is the biggest rubbish I have ever heard. Whenever there is an ICC tournament, a question is put forward on Virat being under pressure for his place in the team. He is the greatest white-ball cricketer ever for me. Even if he is striking at 140 and others at 160, you still need a guy like him. Like Ferguson said, Virat is a big match player,” Aaron Finch said on ESPN Australia.

Despite being widely regarded as one of the best batters of all time, questions persist regarding Kohli's strike-rate in T20s. The 35-year-old batter boasts a stellar track record in T20 World Cups and has consistently delivered on big stages for India.