Aaron Finch Slams Critics Questioning Virat Kohli's T20I Place

Aaron Finch Slams Critics Questioning Virat Kohli’s T20I Place

Aaron Finch, the former Australian captain, has vehemently defended Virat Kohli’s place in India’s T20I setup, dismissing criticism of the star batter as “the biggest rubbish I have ever heard.”

As the ICC T20 World Cup approaches, debates have intensified over Kohli’s suitability for modern T20 cricket. Some have questioned his conservative approach, arguing that it does not align with the aggressive style prevalent in the format.

However, Finch believes that Kohli’s experience and proven track record make him an indispensable asset to the Indian team. “He is the greatest white ball player I have ever seen,” Finch declared. “It does not matter if he strikes at 140 and other guys strike at 160. When you pick up a team, you pick up a guy who gets the job done day in and day out for his team during big games.”

Kohli’s recent performances have silenced his critics. In his previous IPL game against Punjab Kings, he smashed a majestic 77 off 49 balls, striking at over 157. He also took on bowlers aggressively during the middle overs, showcasing his adaptability to different situations.

Kohli’s impressive T20I resume further supports Finch’s argument. He is the highest run-getter in the format, with 4,037 runs in 117 matches at an average of 51.75 and a strike rate of 138. He is also the leading run-scorer in IPL history, with 7,361 runs in 239 matches.

In the ICC T20 World Cup, Kohli is the most decorated batter and its leading run-scorer. He has scored 1,141 runs in 27 matches at an average of 81.50 and a strike rate of 131.30. He was the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in 2014 and 2016, when India finished as runners-up and semifinalists, respectively.

Kohli’s ability to perform under pressure and his consistent contributions to the team make him a valuable asset for India. As Finch rightly pointed out, his experience and proven track record should outweigh any concerns about his strike rate.

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