Experienced Indian batsman Virat Kohli is poised for his return to Delhi, this time for a World Cup match against Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Wednesday, October 11. Kohli’s preparation remained exceptional, with an intense net practice session on the eve of the game.
Kohli and his teammates from India’s World Cup squad were observed diligently honing their core skills, followed by a rigorous fielding practice session that included catching drills conducted under floodlights.
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Virat Kohli’s thoughts on returning to play in Delhi
Only a select few have the honor of playing in a stadium with a pavilion bearing their name, and Virat Kohli has undoubtedly earned this distinction through his remarkable contributions to the country over the years. In a recent interview conducted by KL Rahul on the official BCCI website, Kohli candidly shared his feelings regarding his return to the very ground where his journey as a professional cricketer began.
Virat Kohli expressed: “Of course for me that’s a place where I have played my age-group cricket, Ranji trophy cricket and for India as well. So that memory is always fresh as when you go back into those memories you can feel it because that’s where everything started. It’s a bit awkward for me to be still playing and playing in front of a pavilion named after me.”
Kohli further added: “I don’t like to talk a lot about it but it’s a great honor and I hadn’t thought that it would happen when my career started and I feel great to go back and see the things that have happened.”
Due to expectations of reduced grip on the pitch compared to Chennai, India may consider selecting Shardul Thakur in the playing eleven instead of Ravichandran Ashwin when facing Afghanistan.