As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is about to commence, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has expressed high expectations for cricket superstar Virat Kohli. The esteemed cricketer, who recently took a hiatus from the game, is predicted to outshine his peers in the upcoming season.

Virat Kohli, the prodigious batsman, has been on a break from cricket, missing a five-match Test series, during which he also embraced fatherhood for the second time. The well-earned rest is expected to not only rejuvenate Kohli but also reignite his thirst for runs on the cricket field. Irfan Pathan, whose insights into the game are highly regarded, believes that this two-month recess will render Kohli a ‘fresh’ and formidable opponent in the IPL.

First of all, he will be fresh. Guys like Virat Kohli, who are so fit, can be very dangerous for oppositions. He will be looking forward to playing in the IPL. I personally feel that he will have the second-best season of his life after 2016

Irfan Pathan

History repeating itself?

Kohli’s record in the IPL is nothing short of remarkable. In 2016, he accomplished a feat many dreams of but few achieve, amassing a colossal 973 runs in a single season, setting an unprecedented benchmark in the annals of the league. Returning to don the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) jersey after his personal sabbatical, the maestro is expected to showcase his prowess yet again. Pathan anticipates that Kohli will deliver the second-best performance of his career in this iteration of the IPL.

Fans are eagerly anticipating the inaugural match of IPL 2024, where Kohli’s RCB will face their fierce rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on March 22. The stage is set for Kohli to enchant his ardent followers and cricket enthusiasts once more, with his bat speaking volumes on the pitch.

RCB supporters are pinning their hopes on Kohli to recreate the magic of 2016, and help guide their beloved team to IPL glory. With such a prophetic endorsement from Irfan Pathan, the cricketing sphere watches with bated breath, as a ‘fresh’ Virat Kohli steps into the crease to conquer the challenges ahead.

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