Veteran Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh is confident that India will soon win a World Cup under the leadership of Virat Kohli. He also commented on Kohli’s legacy in the future.
While there is no doubt over the batsmanship of Virat Kohli – 70 international tons speak for itself – however, the right-hander’s captaincy has been under heavy criticism in the past few years.
Losses in the Champions Trophy 2017 final, World Cup 2019 semi-final – two matches were India started as the favorites – and add to it the season after season failures of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL have cumulated for calls of replacing Kohli as captain in limited-overs cricket with Rohit Sharma, who has lead Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles.
The Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri management has received a lot of flak for not backing players enough or making radical decisions at an important time – dropping Ambati Rayudu from the World Cup squad, pushing MS Dhoni at number 7 in the semi-final which exposed youngsters, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant, or not giving Karun Nair enough opportunities after his triple hundred, and more.
Winning a World Cup will only add to Kohli’s legacy: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh reckons that any captain would love to win a World Cup for his country. He understands that Virat Kohli is already a big player and has won several accolades for himself and his team. Bhajji said that winning the World Cup will only add to Kohli’s legacy; however, failure to win one will not at all diminish the status the right-hander has achieved.
Speaking with India Today, Harbhajan Singh said, “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.”
The 40-year-old opined that India has a formidable squad in limited-overs cricket, and could soon win a World Cup. The Chennai Super Kings off-spinner believes that the 32-year-old skipper will not retire without winning the coveted trophy for his country. Two T20 World Cups are scheduled in the next two years in India and then in Australia. India will also host the 2023 50-over World Cup.
“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 added.