World Cup 2019: Nasser Hussain warns teams to be wary of Virat Kohli’s India
Skipper Kohli's form has been a prime reason for the team's sixes but that's not all.
Published - May 18, 2019 7:38 pm | Updated - May 18, 2019 7:38 pm
The Indian team is being considered favourites to win the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 and they have earned the right to be called so given their track record in the past two years in the 50-overs format. India registered victories over New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia away from home and defeated West Indies at home. Among those who back Team India in the mega event is former England captain Nasser Hussain.
One of the biggest reasons behind India’s success has been the form of captain Virat Kohli. Kohli has been hailed as a modern-day master and his record in ODI format is tremendous. Another reason has been the success of opener Rohit Sharma and the bowling prowess of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Despite mishaps in the last few ODIs they played before the IPL, the Indian team cannot be taken for granted, given they made it to the final of the last ICC tournament held in England, the Champions Trophy 2017.
Nasser Hussain asks teams to be wary of Team India
“They have every base covered. They have the best batsman in world cricket right now in Virat Kohli. He’s backed up by various other batsmen, in particular, Rohit Sharma. Sharma would have to be in the all-time XI in one-day cricket. They have good finishers in MS Dhoni and their bowling is very strong, with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. They’re no longer a one-dimensional team – they have good seamers and good spin options,” Nasser Hussain, was quoted as saying by metro.co.uk.
He made it clear that for success in England a team needs a varied bowling attack and he feels with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, India has that covered. But what has impressed Nasser the most is their pace attack. He praised Bumrah for his wicket-taking skill both a the start of the innings and in the death overs.
“Bumrah is a fabulous bowler who bowls at the start and at the death. Kumar will be a real handful and their spinners are very good. I’d be very wary of India at this World Cup,” Hussain further mentioned.