Former Indian women coach WV Raman has claimed that Team India is taking Virat Kohli is well positioned to win the upcoming T20 World Cup. India last won an ICC event in 2013 when it defeated England and was crowned the Champions Trophy winner.
India’s best chance to break that trophy drought this year is in the form of ICC T20 World Championship 2021. With a strong and established mix of youngsters and seniors in the squad, Virat Kohli has a great chance to lead the team to success. According to WV Raman, however, they need to beware of complacency when facing the “weaker sides” of the tournament.
“It’s not as much pressure as complacency could be. Complacency cannot be the cause every time. But most importantly, when a very strong and popular team goes up against a team that is considered inexperienced and weak, there is always a risk of being surprised by an unknown team. Because when you have a team where you know every single player, the opponents can plan and try out how they can face the best players on the opposing team.“Said the 56-year-old.
“T20 is a format where nobody is sure what would happen” – WV Raman
The T20 World Cup will start on October 17th, starting with the qualification in Oman. Next England and West Indies, the Men in Blue are firm favorites in the tournament. But the nature of the format does not guarantee anything, as Raman says. Using the example of tennis legend Novak Djokovic, he said:
“T20 is a format where no one is sure what would happen. Everything can change in just one go. That’s the beauty of sport. You look at number 1 in the world, Djokovic, who failed to win the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He was in top form in tennis this year.”
“That happens in top-class sport. In general, we cannot predict what will happen in cricket, and even more so in T20 cricket. Who wins, whether Kohli wins, is different. If you look at his captaincy record, he has a very good track record. India is well placed to win the T20 World Cup.”
The World Cup will take place immediately after the IPL 2021 has ended. Both mega-events are scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in the September-November window.