Virat Kohli stunned everyone with his brilliance with the bat against Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup 2022 encounter. The star batter put on a brilliant show to help India out of trouble when the openers failed to perform. While Kohli has received a lot of appreciation from across the globe, former Indian cricketer Madan Lal has issued a stern warning to the established opening pair of Rohit and Rahul.

Lal praised Kohli’s batting brilliance in an interview with PTI following India’s thrilling win over Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the 20-20 World Cup. “Virat Kohli’s innings was amazing. I have never seen an innings like that but Virat Kohli is not going to win you every match. It’s such a big tournament. It can’t be won by one person,” Lal said.

The 1983 World Cup winner believes Indian openers Rahul and Rohit should pull up their socks for the upcoming match against the Netherlands. Team India, led by Rohit Sharma, will look to strengthen their qualification bid for the semi-finals when they face the Netherlands on Thursday.

“Australian pitches are suited to Kohli’s game. He runs the ones, twos, and three and uses the big grounds to his advantage. In between, he scores the boundaries. He has become mentally tougher. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have to pull up their socks. Everybody needs to ensure that they are performing and trying their best all the time. And in every game, there will be different heroes,” Lal added.

India’s task is yet to be completed: Madan Lal

India’s most-capped player in the history of the 20-20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma, was dismissed in the fourth over for 4 off 7 balls. Rahul, Rohit’s opening partner, was out for 4 off 8 balls in the second over. India defeated Pakistan by four wickets at the MCG, thanks to Kohli’s quick-fire half-century (82* off 53 balls).

“India’s task is yet to be completed. The journey has just begun. Even teams like the Netherlands are not weak teams. In T20, it’s anybody’s game. If you win the tournament then only you can say the mission is complete and as an Indian team we have done the job,” the former India head coach added.

India’s legendary cricketer gives a stern warning to Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul after Kohli’s unbelievable knock against Pakistan