The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will be playing a crucial role in his team’s quest to lift the coveted ICC World Cup which is scheduled to commence on May 30 in England and Wales. He is arguably the best batsman in the world right now, with almost 11,000 ODI runs 40+ ODI centuries under his belt. He will be looking forward to making those number even more illustrious.
However, due to Kohli’s staggering perform, Windies legend Brian Lara reckons that the India skipper is more than just a human being as he has changed the way the sports are perceived not just by current pool of cricketers, but also by youngsters who want to go ahead and play for their countries in the future.
As per the quotes in IANS, Lara said, “He is a machine. He has brought a different cricketer to the table than what we were accustomed to back in the 80s and 90s. Fitness was always important, but it wasn’t as important as it has become now. He is someone who spends time in the gym and shows working on your fitness is the key. He is pretty much a run-machine. A guy is going out and scoring runs almost every single time he goes out to bat.”
Although this will be the third World Cup for Virat as a player, first as the captain and Lara believes that India’s balanced bowling line-up will give them a good chance to go all the way this time.
While the batsmen are still finding it difficult to read, Jasprit Bumrah, Lara has come up with a solution. He said, “He is very good and someone who has an awkward action. Batsman has to keep their eyes on him and I would maybe try to apply pressure on him by rotating the strike. He is one of India’s best bowlers and then maybe you can look at other areas to get runs from.”
Brian Lara, who was habitual of facing the likes of Allan Donald, Glenn McGrath, and Wasim Akram, believes that not giving the India pacer the opportunity to settle down in line and length can be the key to succeed against him.