Despite Kohli and Samson’s early dismissals with golden ducks, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma praised their intent and alignment with the team’s clarity-driven mindset.

In the third T20I against Afghanistan, skipper Rohit Sharma lauded Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson for adhering to the team’s clarity-driven approach despite their early dismissals. Both Kohli and Samson fell for golden ducks within the powerplay while attempting aggressive shots, leaving India in a precarious position at 22/4.

When speaking on JioCinema after the match, Rohit emphasized the importance of providing players with clarity about their roles and the desired style of play. He also commended Kohli’s intent to attack early, which is not his usual style, and noted that Samson, despite getting out on the first ball, showcased a similar intent.

“We only need to give the players clarity to the players about their position and the manner of cricket we want them to play with. The boys know what to expect when they come out onto the ground. As you saw today, Kohli tried to go hard from the word go, he normally does not do that, but he showed the intent. Same with Samson, he was out first ball, but the intent was there,” Rohit said.

Rohit also faced the consequences of an aggressive approach with a golden duck in the second T20I against Fazalhaq Farooqi. However, he bounced back in the third match, scoring his record fifth T20I century as Team India clinched the series with a 3-0 margin.

Kohli’s influence in the game went beyond his batting, displaying exceptional fielding skills. His boundary catch off Washington Sundar, saved five vital runs, earning cheers from the crowd. Kohli later secured a diving catch to dismiss Najibullah Zadran and showcased his brilliance with a sharp run-out.

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Team India, despite participating in bilateral series against three nations post the 2023 ODI World Cup, is still grappling with the disappointment from the loss to Australia in the finals. Now, with an opportunity in the T20 format, Rohit hopes for success in the upcoming World Cup.

Last Updated on January 18, 2024

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