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Rohit can be the X-factor in World Cup, says Virat Kohli

A fit-again Rohit Sharma may have been in and out of the team during his seven-year-long career so far but India skipper Virat Kohli (in pic) on Wednesday said the Mumbai batsman can be the X-factor in the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

Rohit was forced to pull out in the middle of the English tour in August after sustaining a finger injury but the Mumbaikar has bounced back with a match-winning 111-ball 142 against the Lankans in the tour match. Kohli said the opener will get his preferred slot. ‘If a player like him gets going he can be the X-factor in a tournament like the World Cup. When he gets going, he can bring those big runs and wins the match for you. His value for the team is massive it’s great to have him back.

‘Most probably he would bat where he had batted in the past. It’s all about giving him confidence as much as we can before going into the World Cup. These two games and the tri-series in Australia will certainly help him get into his groove at the top of the order. We will be looking at giving him as many overs to bat as possible,’ Kohli told reporters on the eve of the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka.

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