Madan Lal has lauded Virat Kohli for his outstanding white-ball form ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup. The former Indian cricketer expects the 34-year-old to continue his good form in the next three-match One-Day International series against New Zealand.
On Sunday, January 15, Kohli hit an unbeaten 166 from 110 balls in the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka. India won the game by 317 runs, completing a 3-0 sweep.
In an interview with Tak Sports, Lal stated: “Kohli’s effect on the team is vital since every bowler in the world wants to catch him. His performance has an impact on the rest of the team. If he’s in form, India has a good chance of doing well.”
In three One-Day Internationals, the former India skipper scored 283 runs, including 113 off 87 balls in the opening ODI. As a result, he was selected Player of the Series and Match. Kohli will want to build on his success ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
“Virat Kohli scored two centuries in three ODIs”: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India, agrees that Virat Kohli’s performance benefits Team India. He believes that the huge innings by the Delhi batters contribute to the team’s respectable totals, which frequently benefits the bowlers in the second innings.
Speaking with Madan Lal on the same program, Gavaskar remarked: “Your No. 3 batter is in form. He scored two centuries in three ODIs. Team India scored 373 and 390 runs in those games. The bowler’s work gets easier when you have that many runs while defending the score. Virat Kohli’s form is a great thing for Indian cricket.”
On January 18 in Hyderabad, he will play in the opening ODI matchup with New Zealand. For the remaining T20Is, the action will next go to Raipur (January 21) and Indore (January 24).