Taruwar Kohli, who was a part of the Virat Kohli-led India U19 side that won the World Cup, will lead Mizoram in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting from February 21 (Thursday).
Meanwhile, Kohli, who hails from Punjab joined Mizoram as an outstation player for the 2018-19 season. Mizoram may have failed to impress so far, but Kohli has been a consistent performer. His Ranji Trophy show, 826 runs with two centuries and five fifties, and ten years of first-class cricket experience helped him earn the job.
He will be keen to continue his form and upset some of the major teams in the tournament. Ahead of the tournament, Taruwar Kohli noted that patience would be the key for his side. He also feels the bowling attack could be a strong force if nurtured.
“I think our biggest asset is bowling. The bowling is not as bad as the results have been. We have lost a couple of close games in the Ranji Trophy. We were a bit unlucky against Arunachal. I believe a lot in my bowling attack, and I think we are quite capable,” said the 30-year-old said to Sportstar.
Taruwar Kohli is also more than a handy medium pacer, who has a happy knack of picking wickets. Kohli claimed 16 wickets, including a fifer, in Ranji Trophy. Lalhruai Ralte — who will work as the deputy to Kohli for the T20s — has been impressive as well.
Furthermore, Taruwar Kohli also credited coach P.V Shashikanth for holding the side together. For improvement and tougher challenges, Mizoram has started two-day 90-over games in the region to test its players. Kohli praised the initiative.
They will start their campaign against Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Thursday in Cuttack.