Indian Cricket Team is all set to play 3 ODI match series against Sri Lanka starting from 10th January. This ODI Series is not a part of the World Super League but both teams would be eager to find an ideal combination. Virat Kohli who smashed a century against Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI would be keen to continue his good run.
This ODI Series would be quite pivotal for the island nation as recently they got defeated by Afghanistan in an ODI match where a lot of questions are asked about their team’s dynamics. Sri Lanka undoubtedly has got a long batting line up but they need someone who could provide stability to the team in the middle overs phase.
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Gautam Gambhir on Virat Kohli
Gautam Gambhir was having an interaction with Star Sports and was asked about Virat Kohli. “There are very few players who get so many chances to play World Cups. Yusuf (Pathan) and I have played only one 50-over World Cup. This will be Virat Kohli’s fourth World Cup. There cannot be a bigger achievement than having two 50-over World Cup medals in your home. Very few players will have two 50-over World Cup medals,” said Gautam Gambhir.
“Individual records are important, the number of runs you score gives you immense happiness at the end of your career, but if you ask any player, how many World Cups you have won is the parameter of how much you have achieved,” he added.
Gautam Gambhir on Virat Kohli’s Role
Gautam Gambhir was asked about Virat’s role in the lineup. “50-over format – absolutely, because 50-over format is the one format where you need an anchor. You probably don’t need to anchor that much in the T20 format, and Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s experience will remain very important,” said Gautam Gambhir.
“If you have impactful players – if you select Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer – it is the first World Cup for all of them. So Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s experience will be very important, that how the entire batting lineup bats around them. I believe in this format Virat Kohli’s role is very important, more than T20 and Test cricket,” he added.