Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has opined that Virat Kohli winning the T20 World Cup 2021 will be the best ending he can have as a T20 captain.
The current all-format skipper of India Virat Kohli last month announced that he will be stepping down from T20I captaincy after the upcoming T20 World Cup tournament in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Also a few days later he revealed that he will leave the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) too after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Meanwhile, the chapter of IPL captaincy didn’t end on a good note for Kohli as he failed to win his maiden IPL title after RCB lost against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Now he will be eyeing winning the T20 World Cup 2021 trophy in his last stint as a T20 Internationals Captain.
That Will Be Fantastic – Sunil Gavaskar On Virat Kohli Winning T20 World Cup 2021
Speaking to Star Sports on Wednesday, the Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said Kohli winning World Cup will be a fantastic ending to his captaincy tenure. He stated:
“That will be fantastic. Because that will probably be the best ending he can have as captain (T20s). Playing for a franchise is one thing but playing for a country is entirely different. So winning a tournament for the country would be fantastic,”
Gavaskar giving an example of Clive Llyod said scripts don’t always go as per the plan. Notably, Clive Llyod didn’t have a very good run in the latter stages of his captaincy career. Sunil Gavaskar stated:
“As I said earlier, these scripts are written up there (points skywards). We don’t know what these scripts are all about. Look at Clive Lloyd for example. Winning the World Cup in 1975 and 1979 and then what happens in 1983, he lost the final to India.”
“In 1985 in the Champions of Champions, again he lost. In Test cricket and one-day cricket, in the last couple of years, he didn’t win.”
“Here, it could actually be, forget what happened with RCB etcetera, here he could end lifting the World Cup trophy. That would be the most glorious end to his captaincy that one could imagine.”
Meanwhile, India has made one change in the squad ahead of the T20 World Cup tournament adding fast-bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur in the team in place spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel.
India will commence their journey in the T20 World Cup with a high-profile battle against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.