New Delhi: Former India cricketer Suresh Raina has asked players participating in the ICC T20 World Cup to try and win the coveted trophy for Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
He went on to say that the recently concluded IPL would have given the cricketers the right opportunity to have a build-up for the mega event.
Captain Kohli has decided to step down as India T20 captain after the T20 World Cup. However, he has said that he will continue to lead the country in Tests and One Day Internationals.
Players win trophy for Kohli: Raina
Raina wrote in his column for the ICC, the message for India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is simple – do it for Virat Kohli. This will probably be his last chance in this tournament as captain, so it is very important for him that we all believe that we can do it and that we should not hold back from winning the trophy.
Eagerly waiting for the World Cup
He further said, the fans of India are eagerly waiting for the T20 World Cup. We have players who can help us win this title. We just need to go out there and show our game. All our players who have just played the IPL have played eight or nine games in top form in this environment.
Raina felt that the grind of the IPL would give the Indian players an edge, given that he had played some really tough matches and got used to the UAE’s hot conditions.
He said, IPL gives India an edge over all other teams and makes them one of the big favorites to win the T20 World Cup in my opinion. The situation in UAE is very similar to what we see in India and Pakistan. This is a good opportunity for the Asian teams to come and play their natural game.
Rahul, Rohit and Kohli most important players
Raina said, we need to remember that there are many other good teams in the tournament. Pakistan, Australia and England are also looking very good and anything can happen in T20 cricket.
Raina, who has played over 200 ODIs, 78 T20s and 18 Tests, feels the key to India’s success in the tournament is to do well at the top of the order.
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We need Rohit, KL Rahul and Virat. To bat for 15 overs and set the stage. They can set the pace for the Indian team by doing so.
Raina said, there are a lot of sharp players in the middle order and obviously Rishabh Pant is going to play an important role there. Hardik Pandya is also very capable as a power hitter but if our top three players are in top form then there is no target India cannot chase
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