WI vs IND: Fans sport 'Miss You Virat Kohli' poster during 2nd ODI
Virat Kohli has been rested for India's tour of the West Indies and will likely return to action in the Asia Cup next month.
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The Indian team is locking horns with hosts West Indies in the second ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday (24th July). The hosts decided to bat first after winning the toss on a batting paradise, and during the early phases of the match, a section of Indian fans in the stands showed their support for the horribly out-of-touch Indian batter Virat Kohli via a banner.
Shikhar Dhawan has been handed the responsibility to lead the side in the ODI series in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma while many other senior players, including Virat Kohli, have been rested for the three-match ODI series. The former Indian skipper has also been omitted from the T20Is, following the ODI series with many critics sighting his poor form being the reason for his absence from the T20I squad.
India got over the line in the series opener at the same venue in a tense final over, which saw the team victorious by three runs. During the second ODI, when the hosts were batting, the camera panned to the spectators in the stands holding a banner which was directed at Kohli and stating that they were missing him during the series.
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I am ready to do anything for the team: Virat Kohli ahead of the Asia Cup
Virat Kohli has endured a wretched run of form, which continued on the recent tour of England as the batter featured for the Indian side in six innings across all three formats but failed to breach even the 20-run mark on any occasion. The stylish batter has announced that he is taking a break from the sport to clear his mind and regain his form ahead of the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup. He issued a warning of sorts in an interview on Saturday, stating that he is willing to do anything to help the team win.
“My main aim is to help India win the Asia Cup and the World Cup and for that, I am ready to do anything for the team,” Kohli said in a statement released by Star Sports.