Chris Gayle believes his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate and former Indian India captain Virat Kohli would rule in the batting charts at the 2023 ODI World Cup. Gayle believes Kohli can overcome his recent dip and return to form in the 50-over elite competition, which begins on October 5.
Kohli has been in excellent form with the bat after breaking his century drought last year at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Since then, he has had four centuries to his across all formats. During the recently finished Indian Premier League season, the 34-year-old also scored two back-to-back centuries. The former West Indies captain believes Kohli is in the correct state of mind, making him a man to keep an eye on during the tournament.
Virat is tough mentally as well as physically: Chris Gayle
The former RCB opener said, “Tough times don’t last long tough players last longer. Virat is tough mentally as well physically. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t go to this World Cup and dominate. As players, we always go through phases where things seem a bit dull and you need positive energy around to uplift yourself. Once we get back in the groove, we know how dangerous we can be.”
“I know India have not won an ICC trophy in a long time and same is the case with us (West Indies). We last won in 2016. Pressure will be on India as they play at home as favourites,”
Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, India last won the ODI World Cup in 2011, the last time it was staged in India. Success has evaded the senior national men’s team since winning the Champions Trophy in 2013. India reached the 20-20 World Cup final in 2014, the Champions Trophy final in 2017, and the World Test Championship (WTC) finals in 2021 and 2023, however, they finished second in all of these finals. India will open their ODI World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai on October 8, followed by the most thrilling match of the tournament against Pakistan in Ahmedabad on October 15.
Here’s how fans reacted
Kohli should play till 2027…
— sudhakar achari (@sudhaganguly) June 30, 2023
They will sack him if he doesn't retire honestly
— You suck (@vijay_m8n) June 30, 2023
He will again finish fckistan in this World cup.
— रणवीर सिंह Ranveer Singh (@AntiMlechh) June 30, 2023
Is world Cup me baval na bachaya to me virat kohli fan nahi hoga dekle beta
— Tharun (@Tharun81582337) June 30, 2023