‘Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to Play a Massive Role in The Coming World Cup’- Gautam Gambhir

Last Update: January 04, 2023, 17:47 IST

Team India Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

Team India Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will play a huge role in ODI World Cup 2023

former opener Gautam Gambhir Highly experienced Indian cricketers believe Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma will play a huge role in the team’s fortunes in the Men’s ODIs world The cup will be held later in the year, in October-November.

While Kohli was a member of the 2011 team that won the World Cup on home soil, Rohit was not involved in that tournament and was the highest run-scorer in the 2019 ODI World Cup. Both Kohli and Rohit will be seen in 50-over action during India’s upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka starting January 10 in Guwahati.

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“I always think when we talk about this new approach that India Always talks about template and stuff, you have to identify players who can adapt to those roles or that template very easily. Some people may not fit that template, so why push them to play a certain way which they naturally don’t have.”

“So, for me, I think it is very important to identify players as well as get the right mix, instead of thinking that we have to play to a certain template, so we have to pick all 15 with a similar mindset Or with a similar template. I think Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and all those guys who can steer their innings, who can probably play spin really well, will play a big role in the coming World Cup. Will play,” Gambhir said on the show ‘Road to World Cup Glory’ on Star Sports.

Gambhir also said that the change in rules in ODIs means that there is not much scope for fast bowlers to get reverse swing.

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“First of all, you need to identify players who have a fearless approach and probably in a format like 50 overs you need to have a mix of all kinds of players. There are players who can polish their innings. The change in role has also made a difference.”

“At that time we had only one new ball, now we have two new balls with five fielders. So the part-timer’s role is gone. Reverse swing, you don’t see enough reverse swing anymore, you see finger spinners. Don’t see enough shopping for either.”

After the first ODI in Guwahati, India and Sri Lanka will play two more ODIs in Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram, before playing three matches against New Zealand in January 2023 and Australia in March as part of their home international season.

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