5 surprising decisions Virat Kohli may take in the T20 World Cup 2021
Kohli, known for his bold decisions, will have an eye on each probable player who has a chance of representing India in this T20 World Cup.
Updated - Aug 1, 2021 6:47 pm
Undoubtedly the best batsman of the generation and the most popular cricketer ever, Virat Kohli would desperately be looking to end his drought of ICC trophies as the Indian captain. Kohli had taken over the white-ball captaincy in early 2017 after MS Dhoni decided to step down as the limited-overs captain. From that time, India has managed to sail through the group stage but often finished a step or two away from glory.
In the Kohli era, India has been knocked out of the semi-finals of ICC World Cup 2019 and ended up as runners-up twice in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and ICC World Test Championship. A decent enough record but not up to the standards of Kohli. This T20 WC in the UAE is a great opportunity to win his first ICC title ever as captain as the Indian players will be playing the 2nd phase of the IPL in the UAE just before the T20 WC. A blessing in disguise indeed.
Kohli, known for his bold decisions and often criticized for his team selection, will have an eye on each probable player who has a chance of representing India in this T20 WC. So don’t be surprised if the Indian captain takes some unexpected and surprising decisions for the benefit of the team and to bamboozle the opposition.
Here are 5 such decisions which are quite possible:
5. Three spinners in the playing XI
Almost a month of IPL will be played in the UAE before the WC. As a result, there is a decent chance of the pitches to likely wear off a bit which will assist spinners. Most players of teams like New Zealand, England and South Africa are not great players of spin, thereby increasing chances of getting wickets or choking the opposition, especially in the middle overs.
India has the best spin bowling attack by far. With the variety of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar in their armoury, playing three spinners won’t be a headache for the Indians. Another advantage is that out of the lot, Chakravarthy and Sundar can bowl with the new ball as well. To make things better, Jadeja and Sundar are all-rounders. All these factors allow Kohli the bowling flexibility which will be required at certain stages of the WC.