Former Indian cricketer and chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth has really big hopes of from Indian skipper Virat Kohli and senior wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni to bring home the prestigious 2019 World Cup title. Srikkanth, who was the integral member of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team, was also the head of the selection committee during the victorious 2011 triumph, mentioned during a recent conversation that Virat Kohli’s aggression and Dhoni’s calm and composed attitude will be the key combinations in India’s upcoming World Cup campaign.
He leads by example
During a recent event, Srikkanth heaped praises on Kohli’s captaincy skills and reckoned that the national team has a fantastic leader in Virat Kohli. He mentioned that Kohli is someone who leads the side from the front and likes to take up the responsibility. He backed ‘King Kohli’ and the ‘cool cucumber Dhoni’ to bring back the World Cup title home.
“We have a fantastic leader in Virat Kohli, who leads by example. A good thing about him is he takes up responsibility. So, King Kohli will do it (again) along with the cool cucumber Dhoni,” said Srikkanth.
Srikkanth noted that Dhoni and Kohli’s combination is a great exuberance and aggression. “If you talk about self-belief, one thinks of Kapil Dev, for passion, it is Sachin Tendulkar, talk about exuberance and aggression, think of Virat Kohli and talk about calmness and determination, one thinks of MS Dhoni,” he added.
It is a superb combination
Srikkanth also talked about the recently announced 15-member Indian squad for the 2019 World Cup and mentioned that the selection committee has picked a superb combination of exuberance, passion and calmness together. He reckoned that the Indian team should not take any unnecessary pressure and play with a sense of self-belief at the quadrennial event scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales.
“It’s a superb combination of exuberance, passion, calmness together. The Indian team should not put any pressure on itself and play with a sense of self-belief,” the former Indian cricketer added.