Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina believes that Virat Kohli and co. are the firm favourites heading into the T20 World Cup. With IPL practice behind them, the team is prepared and ready to take on the challenges in the UAE, Raina said.
India is considered as one of the frontrunners to win the T20 World Cup, alongside England and West Indies. This is because every member of the squad played in the recently concluded IPL 2021 and has more than enough match practice ahead of the tournament.
“India fans can’t wait for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to start for this reason. We have the players, we have the momentum – we just need to go out there and execute now.”
“All of our players have just played the Indian Premier League in the UAE, and they have played themselves into top form with eight or nine games in this environment. This gives India an edge on all other teams and makes them one of the big favourites to win the T20 World Cup, in my opinion,” Raina wrote in his column for the ICC.
“The key to batting success lies in the top three” – Suresh Raina
On slow tracks in the UAE, batsmen have been finding it hard to play their natural game. This is where the experience of India’s top-three – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli – will come into play, as per Suresh Raina.
“For me, the key to success for India’s batting lies in the top three. Rohit Sharma is a gun player – he has a brilliant record at ICC events in the past and had a great IPL. We need Rohit, KL Rahul, and Virat to bat through to 15 overs and lay the platform. They can set the momentum for the India team by doing this.”
“There are lots of electric combinations in the middle order, and obviously, Rishabh Pant is going to play a key role there. Hardik Pandya is also very capable as a power hitter. But if the top three are still there at that stage of the innings, there is no target that India can’t chase,” Raina added.
India will face England in a warmup match on October 18, Monday, followed by a match against Australia on October 20, Wednesday.