With offensive players like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the lineup, Gautam Gambhir believes Virat Kohli will play a key role in the ODI World Cup, Virat Kohli has undoubtedly had the greatest effect with the bat in one-day cricket. The batter is already a legend in the game, having hit 45 centuries.
As the countdown to the 2023 ODI World Cup begins, there are high expectations on Virat Kohli to lead India’s batsmen, on the other side with the development of attacking hitters such as Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, Gautam Gambhir believes Kohli will play a crucial role.
Gambhir said in Star Sports “50 over format is the only format where you need an anchor. You really don’t need someone to anchor the innings in T20 cricket. And Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s experience will be very very important.”
Gambhir also emphasized the distinction between the roles of ‘anchors’ in ODI and T20 cricket. According to Gambhir, the expertise of players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is what makes them so valuable to the Indian side.
“If you have all these impact players and you pick them like Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, let’s not forget that they will be playing their first World Cup and that’s why Virat and Rohit’s experience will be very very important. Now, it needs to be seen how the whole batting lineup revolves around Virat Kohli or around Rohit Sharma,” Gambhir added.
To summarize, Gambhir stated that Kohli will play a critical role in the ODI World Cup.
“He definitely got chances, but he made the most of those chances.” – Kamran Akmal to Virat Kohli