Virat Kohli has already become one of the most successful Indian skippers but an ICC trophy has illuded him since coming in the helm. Before him, MS Dhoni won three ICC tournaments in six years – T20 World Cup 2007, World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013. However, Kohli will fancy his chances of winning his first ICC title as skipper when he takes the field against New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final in Southampton.
Former Australian pacer Brett Lee believes Kohli would be eager to perform in the most-awaited match and will try to win the final.
“Both captains (Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson) would want to raise a trophy at the end. In terms of the Indian skipper, Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter,” Brett Lee said in an ICC press release.
Earlier, Kohli led Team India to the final of Champions Trophy 2017 but fell short against Pakistan in the final. Team India crashed from the World Cup 2019 when New Zealand handed them a defeat in the semifinal.
“We know that that’s a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance. We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions,” said Lee.
“And, as you mentioned, he wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championship. It means a lot to him. And I think that will be the talk.”
The final will undergo from June 18 in Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
“Once everything is said and done, once the preparations are done, when they arrive there when the quarantine is done, just before they walk out, I think that will be the last comment – Let us enjoy it but let us become the first side to ever to win this ICC World Test Championship,” Lee signed off.