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'Difficult To Replace Them': Roger Binny On Kohli and Rohit's Retirement From T20Is

Rohit Sharma hugs Virat Kohli [X.com]Rohit Sharma hugs Virat Kohli [X.com]

Following India's exhilarating victory at the Kensington Oval in the 2024 T20 World Cup, BCCI President Roger Binny expressed heartfelt tributes to departing legends Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, acknowledging the formidable challenge of filling their roles in T20 internationals.

Virat Kohli, whose announcement came moments after India clinched their second T20 World Cup title, and Rohit Sharma, who made his retirement official in the post-match press conference, leave behind illustrious careers in T20 cricket. Rohit, pivotal in India's victorious campaign, affirmed his commitment to continue representing India in ODIs and Tests.

"They have been outstanding...it is going to be very difficult to replace them immediately...it is going to be a great loss at the moment. Hopefully, we should get some young cricketers, the IPL is full of talent. It's not going to be easy but we can try and get some young cricketers to do what they have done," remarked BCCI President.

The final showdown against South Africa underscored India's mettle, defending a target of 176 runs in a tense encounter. 

With the Proteas poised for victory needing 30 runs from as many deliveries, India's bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Arshdeep Singh, held their nerve. Pandya's heroic final over, defending 16 runs, sealed India's thrilling seven-run triumph.

Kohli, named 'Player of the Match' for his commanding 75-run innings in the final, departs with the most runs in T20 World Cups and the second-highest in T20Is. 

Meanwhile, Rohit exits as T20Is' leading run-scorer and ranks second in T20 World Cup history, also boasting the most runs for India in the prestigious tournament.