Dubai: Every Indian cricket fan is eagerly waiting for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina has given a very emotional message about the current captain of Team India, Virat Kohli.
‘Win the World Cup for Virat’
Team India Former cricketer Suresh Raina has said that Virat Kohli has won the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman in the shortest format of the game. Deserves to end the captaincy innings.
‘Kohli deserves a wonderful farewell’
Virat Kohli will leave the captaincy of Team India in the shortest format after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and Suresh Raina said that this charismatic captain team deserves a wonderful farewell from his comrades.
‘We can win the World Cup’
Suresh 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. He will probably be the last time in this tournament as captain, so it is very important for him to assure everyone that we can do this and we have to support him.
What will it take to win the title?
Suresh Raina wrote, ‘For this reason Indian fans cannot wait for the start of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. We have the players, we have the rhythm – all we have to do is get on the field and execute the plan.
Benefits of playing IPL
Suresh Raina said that playing IPL in UAE can help Indian players during the World Cup. “All our players have played in the recent IPL in UAE and they are in top form playing 8 or 9 matches in this environment,” he said.
Team India’s upper hand
Suresh Raina said, ‘This gives India an edge over all other teams and from my point of view it makes India a strong contender to win the T20 World Cup. The situation in UAE is similar to that of India and Pakistan. This is a good opportunity for Asian teams to play their natural game.
‘Top-3 batsman will become match winner’
Suresh Raina believes that India’s success in the tournament will depend on the performance of the top-3 batsmen. He said, ‘In my view, the success of India’s batting depends on the top-3. Rohit Sharma has had a good run in ICC tournaments in the past and IPL has also been very good for him.
‘First 15 overs important’
Suresh Raina said, ‘We need to bat for 15 overs of Rohit, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli and set the stage. By doing this he can set the rhythm for the Indian team.
Rishabh Pant’s role is important
Suresh Raina said, ‘There are a lot of combinations in the middle order and of course Rishabh Pant is going to play an important role there. Hardik Pandya is also very capable as a power hitter. But if the top-3 players are present in that stage of the innings, then there is no such target which India cannot achieve.
Chakraborty can do charisma
Suresh Raina believes that considering the nature of the pitches in the UAE, mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty can play an important role for India in the tournament. He said, ‘My experience in IPL was that if we talk about the mysterious spinner, then it will be very challenging to play him in UAE and Oman.’
‘The speed of the pitch will benefit’
Suresh Raina said, ‘This makes Varun Chakraborty a key player in the Indian bowling attack. He has shown that he can take advantage of the speed of the pitch. Varun has played only 3 T20 Internationals but I am not worried about the lack of experience. There are a lot of senior players in the team after eating in the pace bowling attack.
‘This is special T20 World Cup’
Suresh Raina is also sure that India will achieve something special in this tournament. He said, ‘We have been waiting for this T20 World Cup for a long time. The last two years have been difficult but I think we will get to see something special in UAE and Oman.