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'We Need Virat At Any Cost': Report Reveals Rohit Sharma's Stance on Kohli's Role in T20 WC

Kohli's record in T20 World Cups is unmatched Kohli's record in T20 World Cups is unmatched 

In an unfolding drama that has gripped the entire cricketing world, the whispers in the corridors of power hinted at a shocking exclusion of Virat Kohli from India's squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the USA.

The buzz around Kohli's absence from the T20 scene for over a year had barely settled when he marked his return earlier this year against Afghanistan, sparking debates and discussions across the cricketing fraternity.

Rohit Sharma wants Virat Kohli in T20 World Cup 2024 at any cost

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah's confirmation of Rohit Sharma as the captain for the marquee tournament did little to quell the storm, as he remained tight-lipped about Kohli's role in the team's fortunes. 

However, recent reports suggest a behind-the-scenes tussle involving Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar, who was reportedly tasked by Jay Shah to sway the selection committee's opinion against Kohli's inclusion. The deadline for this persuasion was reportedly March 15.

Now, the Virat Kohli T20 World Cup 2024 saga has taken another dramatic turn as sources revealed that Agarkar found himself on a sticky wicket, unable to convince either himself or the other selectors of the move.

Furthermore, the report states that captain Rohit Sharma weighed in, championing Kohli's cause and insisting on his indispensable presence in the squad.

"We need Virat Kohli at any cost," said Rohit Sharma, highlighting the former skipper’s role as a key player in the upcoming World Cup. An official announcement, setting the record straight, is anticipated before the team's final selection.

It is worth mentioning that the initial reports of Kohli's potential sidelining had sparked a firestorm on social media, with fans and pundits alike voicing their disbelief and anger over the prospect of sidelining the T20 titan from such a crucial tournament.

Virat Kohli, after all, is not just any player; he is the T20I format's leading run-scorer and the World Cup's top batter, with an enviable record that includes being named Player of the Tournament in 2014 and 2016. With 1141 runs from just 27 matches at an astonishing average of 81.5 and a strike rate of 131.3, including 14 fifties, Kohli's credentials are unparalleled.