Kohli's IPL Participation Uncertain, de Villiers Hints at Possible Presence

Kohli’s IPL Participation Uncertain, de Villiers Hints at Possible Presence

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is set to kick off in less than 20 days, with the opening match featuring MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, on March 22 in Chennai.

Amidst the ongoing Test series against England, where Kohli has opted out due to personal reasons, legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar raised concerns about his participation in the upcoming IPL. However, RCB great AB de Villiers has hinted at Kohli’s potential presence in the tournament.

“Nothing confirmed yet. Virat Kohli has hinted that he might want me to come over just to spend a bit of time with him and some of the batters perhaps. Nothing confirmed yet. I think the call has got to come from Andy Flower, Faf, and the team,” de Villiers said on his YouTube channel.

Gavaskar, while acknowledging India’s impressive performance against England despite the absence of key players, emphasized the importance of team spirit and the contributions of young players.

“Three years back, India missed a lot of big names in Australia but they still managed to pull off a fantastic win not just in Gabba. After getting all out in Adelaide for 36, they won in Melbourne and drew in Sydney. They battled hard to save the Sydney Test match. If Rishabh Pant stayed on the crease for half an hour, then India could have won that match as well,” Gavaskar said.

“That’s why I always say, you don’t need big names… If any big name thinks that India won’t win without him, these two series have shown that whether you are there or not… Cricket is a team sport. It doesn’t depend on one individual.”

The success of the Indian team under captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid has highlighted the importance of nurturing young talent and fostering a positive team environment.

“Credit must go to the way captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid have managed the team. They gave chances to the young players, molded them, and encouraged them to play their natural game. This shows that whether we have big names or not, if we have players with big hearts, then we can win,” Gavaskar added.