'I don't see India winning the T20 World Cup…': Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid opened their eyes with a subtle warning from Virat Kohli


The ninth edition of T20 World Cup is just a few days away, and for the Indian cricket team, this is the last opportunity for both captains Rohit Sharma And Rahul Dravid to get their hands on the coveted ICC silverware. Rohit won the T20 World Cup in its very first edition 17 years ago, but for coach Dravid, who will not be looking to extend with the team once his contract expires at the end of the tournament, it is an if not now then never situation. .

Virat Kohli (left), Rohit Sharma (center) and Rahul Dravid chatting (Getty)

Opinions may be divided, but Rohit, Dravid and the BCCI chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar I think this is the best team of the 15 that India could have assembled for the World Cup. Rohit and Virat Kohli are back, as are Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja. Yashasvi Jaiswal is the exciting opener, while Sanju Samson has finally been given his due by being chosen as one of the wicketkeepers along with Rishabh Pant. Shivam Dube's meteoric rise earned him a place at the expense of Rinku Singh, and despite failing with the bat, ball and as captain of Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya is the team's designated vice-captain . With a team of such pedigree, you'd back them to go all the way, wouldn't you? RIGHT?

Unlock exclusive access to the latest Indian general election news, only on the HT app. Download now! Download now!

Well, if the former Australia Test captain Tim Paine It must be believed that the collective efforts of the Indians may not be enough. Paine believes India have a chance at the World Cup, the only person who needs to shoot more than anyone else is Kohli. In fact, Paine, in conversation with fellow Australians Aaron Finch and Michael Clarke on the 'Around the Wicket' podcast, believes that Kohli putting on a stellar tournament is directly proportional to India winning the World Cup, and vice versa.

“I don't see India winning the World Cup unless Virat Kohli has a really strong World Cup – somewhat similar to Glenn Maxwell's form. I know he hasn't been red hot these lately, but I don't see Australia winning the World Cup unless Maxwell has a blinder,” Paine said comparing Kohli to Maxwell.

Is Tim Paine's analogy true?

However, Kohli and Maxwell's current forms are like chalk and cheese. Kohli set IPL 2024 on fire after scoring over 500 runs, including a century to hold the Orange Cap, while Maxwell blew cold and how. With just 36 runs in 8 matches at a dismal average of 5.14, IPL 2024 was Maxwell's worst season. Kohli and Rajat Patidar have been the only saving graces for RCB which is why they are still in contention for the playoffs with Saturday's clash against Chennai Super Kings being a knockout.

Back to Paine, as Kohli seems to be at his peak again. He has been the top scorer in the last two World Cups – 296 runs in six matches at an average of 98.66 in the 2022 T20 World Cup and 765 runs in 11 matches at an average of 95.62 in the Cup of last year's World ODIs in India. But as the story is true, being the best runner is not enough to lead the team to the end. At 35, this could also be Kohli's last T20 World Cup, as, in the next edition, he would be 37. Yet, to win a T20 World Cup – he came close in 2014, 2016 and 2022, Kohli would like to replicate his RCB form for the Men in Blue when India begin their campaign against Ireland on June 5.

Are you a cricket enthusiast? Take part in the HT Cricket Quiz daily and get a chance to win an iPhone 15 and Boat smartwatch. Click here to participate now.

Stay up to date with the latest Cricket News, MI vs LSG IPL Live Score, IPL Points Table match highlights, and more. Explore a complete cricket schedule, follow the race for the Purple cap And Orange IPL Cap In IPL2024check Virat Kohli performance and stay ahead with all cricket related updates on the Hindustan Times website and app.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *