While the euphoria surrounding the Virat Kohli-orchestrated victory over Pakistan still lingers, Madan Lal, a member of the 1983 World Cup, says the ‘Men in Blue’ should not rely on the heroism of just one or two players if they want to win. achieve. T20 World Cup trophy. Kohli was at his imperious best against a decent attack in Pakistan as he single-handedly steered India to Sunday’s memorable four-wicket victory over the iconic MCG.
His 53-ball unbeaten 82 is celebrated as one of the greatest T20 knocks.
Former India pacer Madan Lal believes India’s openers should provide a solid start and it’s too early to say if momentum is with India after just one win since “in T20 cricket you never know.” “Virat Kohli’s innings were great. I’ve never seen innings like this, but Virat Kohli won’t win you every game. It’s such a big tournament. It can’t be won by one person,” Lal told PTI in an interview. .
“Australian pitches are suited to Kohli’s game. He runs the ones, twos and threes and uses the large grounds to his advantage. In between he scores the limits. He has grown mentally stronger.
“Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have to take their socks off. Everyone has to make sure that they perform and give their best all the time. And in every match there will be different heroes,” added the 71-year-old.
The former all-rounder said what India has accomplished deserves a round of applause, but there is no room for complacency in such a high stakes tournament.
“India’s task is yet to be completed. The journey has just begun. Even teams like the Netherlands are not weak teams. In T20 it is everyone’s game.
“If you win the tournament, you can only say that the mission is completed and that we as an Indian team got the job done,” he said.
Lal, like many experts, argued that the final XI should be dictated by circumstances and not the reputation of the players.
“India should choose their playing XI based on the opponents they play. They should play their pacers and spinners accordingly. The same set playing XI may not work,” he said.
However, Lal was sure that Rishabh had to feature Pant in the playing XI. Dinesh Karthik, Team India’s designated finisher, took on the field against Pakistan. The two goalkeeper batters have been battling for a place for quite some time.
“Pant must always play. He is a match winner. Even if he plays five matches, he will win you two matches. So that’s good enough. You have to give him the chance to play five-six matches and you will see the difference ,” he said.
India has a relatively easy opponent in Sydney on Thursday in the Netherlands, but will have to be at its best against South Africa on Sunday in Perth.
Many feel that India will be the favorite to finish in Group 2, en route to the semi-finals, but Lal was cautious in his response.
“I don’t know if India will go as favorite against South Africa. You have to look match by match. The wicket will come into play. What kind of combination India plays will also be a factor. It all depends on the game conditions against South Africa.” However, Lal strongly believes that India will play in the knockout stage of the event. “In T20 cricket there are no clear favourites. South Africa is a dark horse. Australia at home is formidable. Sri Lanka is also doing well. England and New Zealand have also done very well. But India is definitely in the top four along with Australia, South Africa and England.”
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