Updated June 2nd, 2024 at 21:40 IST

Virat Kohli spotted eating lunch in Team India dugout at New York stadium as fans chant his name

Virat Kohli will be seen during India's opening match of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland on June 5. India will then lock horns against Pakistan

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India's star batter Virat Kohli was the center of attention during the warm-up game against Bangladesh at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Saturday, June 1. Despite not featuring in the match, Kohli was spotted enjoying his lunch in the Team India dugout, a scene that quickly went viral on social media.Β 

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Virat Kohli delights his fans with a special appearance

Fans at the stadium, eager for a glimpse of the Indian cricket icon, began chanting his name, but Virat Kohli remained focused on his meal. Team India's head coach Rahul Dravid was also seen sitting in the dugout with Kohli.Β 

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The USA crowd gave Virat Kohli a rousing reception, and he acknowledged their love with a wave. His presence at the stadium, despite not participating in the game, thrilled the fans. After India registered a comfortable 60-run victory in the warm-up match, Kohli stepped out to shake hands with the Bangladesh players.

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Virat Kohli's arrival in New York, alongside his wife Anushka Sharma, just a day before the match had cast doubts over his participation. However, his mere presence was enough to electrify the atmosphere at the stadium.Β 

Virat Kohli will be seen in action during India's opening match of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland on June 5. India will then lock horns against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 9.Β 

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IND vs BAN, T20 World Cup 2024 warm-up game

In the warm-up match, India demonstrated their strength with an impressive performance. Batting first, they posted a total of 182 runs on a challenging pitch. Sanju Samson was dismissed early, while skipper Rohit Sharma made a quick 23. Rishabh Pant, making his return to international cricket, played aggressively, hitting three sixes off Shakib Al Hasan. Hardik Pandya showcased his form with a 23-ball 40. On the bowling front, Arshdeep Singh struck early, taking two wickets in his first two overs, which helped restrict Bangladesh to 122 runs.

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Published June 2nd, 2024 at 21:40 IST