The former West Indies captain also asserted that MS Dhoni had built a great platform as a leader for Kohli to carry the legacy forward.
Lara reckoned that the right-hander has a desire in him to succeed in the five-day format.
The tournament will be played across cities in India from Feb. 2-16.
Gambhir was all praise for De Kock's batting style and wished him well for the captaincy debut.
Lara scored 12 runs in the friendly match.
India are next scheduled to play the two-match Test series.
Lara was hit on the neck in that instance.
Kohli became only the third Indian batsman after Sachin and Dravid to the milestone.
The southpaw says that he doesn't believe in attacking good bowlers rather he would respect.
“Nobody will be surprised if India becomes the champions," Lara said.