Former India National Cricket Team captain and chairman of the selection committee, Kris Srikkanth, has made a massive prediction on the modern-day batting great Virat Kohli, saying that the 34-year-old will replicate Gautam Gambhir’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 heroics in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
Former left-handed batter Gautam Gambhir played brilliantly throughout the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and played a key role in India’s triumph in the marquee tournament. He scored 393 runs in 9 games at an average of 43.66 and a strike rate of 85.06, including 4 half-centuries. In the final against Sri Lanka, the left-handed batter played a knock of 97 runs, which is regarded as one of the most memorable knocks in the history of Indian cricket.
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Speaking to Star Sports, Kris Srikkanth, who was a member of India’s 1983 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup-winning squad and the chief of the selection committee for India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team, said (as quoted by Sportskeeda):
“What a great feeling it was, to win the 83’ World Cup as a player and then to be chairman of selectors of the team, which one the 2011 World Cup is a story I can tell my grandchildren.
“First of all, the knock played by Gautam Gambhir was phenomenal, that too in the World Cup, congratulations to him, I am proud of him. Superb batting throughout the series. I am making the prediction that Virat Kohli will show us the same heroics in the 2023 World Cup,” said Srikkanth.
He will help players like Ishan Kishan excel – Kris Srikkanth on Virat Kohli
Srikkanth further said that Kohli will play a major role of an anchor just like Gambhir did in the past. He recalled Ishan Kishan’s double century, which he had registered while having a remarkable partnership with Virat Kohli, against Bangladesh and said that Kohli will help the youngsters like Kishan to excel. The 63-year-old also said that the team management should give the freedom to the players to express themselves.
“Just like Gautam Gambhir has played a major role of anchor in the past, the same way Virat Kohli will play that role this time around. He will help players like Ishan Kishan excel just as he got a century when Kishan got a double century.
“It’s all about freedom, giving your players the freedom, do what you want, play your game even if you get out, that’s the approach the team should have,” said Srikkanth.