The right-hander Virat Kohli has completed a decade in international cricket this year carving a niche for himself with over 20,000 international runs, third-most tons overall (70), has most double hundreds in Tests among Indians and is the leading run-getter in T20Is as well as in the IPL.
Kohli took over MS Dhoni as an all-format captain in early 2017, Kohli has led India in two ICC events but failed to bring home the trophy — in the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup, both held in England and Wales.
However, the current Indian captain still awaits to lift his maiden ICC trophy as the national side’s full-time captain.
With the next edition of the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels captain Kohli is not far away from lifting an ICC trophy. “Any captain would like to have that achievement. Winning the T20 World Cup in 2021 would be brilliant. It will not make Virat Kohli very big, he’s already a very big player, but yes it will add on to his legacy of being a World Cup-winning captain. With the kind of team we have, I don’t think Virat Kohli will leave without any trophies. The time is very near where Virat will be lifting the World Cup, maybe the T20 one or the next one,” Harbhajan opined on India Today’s show ‘Inspiration’.
Meanwhile, Bhajji demanded to ease the workload of Hitman Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli in the showpiece events. “They have to stop relying on 2 or 3 players. Last World Cup we saw Rohit Sharma was the key player and Virat is always there. But you have to have more match-winners in your team. India needs to create more match-winners around Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to win the World Cup. These two might get out early in pressure matches and then you have to have other players who can fill that slot and have that belief in them to still do the job for Team India,” he added.
This year’s T20 World Cup was scheduled to be held Down Under, however, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus shifted the mega event to 2022. Thus, this has allowed India to play host for the next World Cup of the shortest format in late 2021; as per the original schedule.
Kohli & Co. will be eager to win the championship and lead the country to their second title in the T20 World Cup history.