After India lost a practice match against Western Australia XI on Thursday, October 13, Virat Kohli was spotted having an in-depth conversation with Hardik Pandya. As things look the former Indian skipper was talking about Hardik’s batting ahead of the all-important ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Among the present team members, Kohli has made the most trips to Australia, and it goes without saying how successful he has been there over the years. Kohli is a lot more important to the team than his ability to score runs when you consider the experience he offers to the group. And the young players on the team can benefit from his advice.
In a video shared by a senior freelance journalist Vimal Kumar on his YouTube channel, Virat was seen having a 20-minute long chat with Pandya, in which he was probably explaining to him the nuances of batting in Australian conditions.
Watch the clip here:
India lose the 2nd warm-up game against Western Australia
Team India lost the second warm-up game by 36 runs against Western Australia. Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rohit Sharma did not participate in the game. KL Rahul took over the leadership duties in Rohit’s absence.
After winning the toss, the Indian side chooses to bowl first. They limited Western Australia to 168 runs. Harshal Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, two Indian bowlers, each claimed two and three wickets. However, when they came out to bat, they could only manage 132 runs with the loss of 8 wickets.
With the conclusion of a warm-up game on Thursday, India’s stay in Perth ended. The group will now depart for Brisbane, where they will compete in two preseason games against Australia and New Zealand on October 17 and 18, respectively.
India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23.