Virat Kohli key to India’s chances in the World Cup, feels Gautam Gambhir

"I admire his batting."

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Back in 2011, India won the World Cup after 28 years but bowed out of the tournament in 2015 following their semi-final defeat against Australia. The upcoming edition is around five months away and India are deemed as one of the strongest contenders to win the championship, being the second-ranked team in ODIs. They will be captained by the ever so dynamic Virat Kohli.

He has undoubtedly been a fulcrum of the team in the 50-overs format for quite some time now, having scored over 10,000 runs. The 30-year-old has tasted quite a bit of success in English conditions as well and hence, his role in the mega event is expected to play a pivotal role for India.

In the meantime, Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer reckons India’s fate in the World Cup is dependent how Virat plays. “I admire his batting, the way he is scoring runs. He is the key to India’s chances in the World Cup. He is a fantastic batsman,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.

Gambhir’s illustrious career

As far as Gambhir is concerned, a couple of days ago, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The experienced campaigner is currently playing his last competitive match for Delhi against Andra Pradesh at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, where he has grown up playing all his cricket. He last donned the national colours in a Test against England in November 2016.

His knock in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup would be etched in the minds of supporters for a long time. He has also been a popular figure in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a couple of title glories. This year, after being appointed as the captain of Delhi Capitals, then Daredevils, he was eventually freed of his services.

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