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Kohli=Pant banter ahead of T20 World Cup

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Mumbai, Oct 15 (IANS) Ahead of the T20 World Cup which starts on Sunday, India skipper Virat Kohli has provoked wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in a fun way to get the Delhi batsman’s mood up for the upcoming mega event.

With Pant’s mood a bit down following his team Delhi Capitals’ defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2, Kohli, in a TVC video released by T20 World Cup’s official broadcaster Star Sports, tries to motivate his wicketkeeper by telling him that India is yet to find a wicketkeeper like MS Dhoni. Dhoni was also the captain when India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, beating Pakistan in the final.

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With Pant talking of his batting skills, Kohli reminds him that he has a number of wicketkeepers, letting him know that he has to brush up his wicketkeeping skills further.

“Rishabh, sixes win you matches in T20 cricket,” Kohli tells Pant in a virtual call in the video shared by Star Sports India.

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“Don’t worry bhaiya, I am practicing every day. It was a wicketkeeper that won India a World Cup by hitting a six,” said Pant, referring to Dhoni finishing the 2011 World Cup final with a six at the Wankhede Stadium, thus bagging India their second World Cup title.

“Yes, but India have not got a wicketkeeper like Mahi bhai since then,” Kohli says. When Pant says that he is India’s wicketkeeper, Kohli says: “See I have a lot of wicketkeepers, let’s see who plays in the warm-ups.”

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India will play two warm-up matches against England (October 18) and Australia (Oct 20) ahead of the T20 World Cup.

India will start their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

–IANS

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