Virat Kohli: No Big Teams in World Cup, Upsets Are Always Possible
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli speaks about the competitive nature of the World Cup and the value of every team, while highlighting Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al-Hasan’s abilities.
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli shared his insights on the competitive nature of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and praised Bangladesh captain Shakib Al-Hasan in the lead-up to their match. He emphasized that there are no “big teams” in this mega sporting event.
“I’ve played against him (Shakib Al-Hasan) for many years. He’s incredibly skilled, an experienced bowler with excellent control. He can effectively use the new ball to deceive batsmen and is economical,” Kohli expressed to Star Sports.
Kohli stressed the importance of playing one’s best against all bowlers, regardless of their reputation. He underlined that in the ODI World Cup, there are no teams that can be taken lightly, as upsets are always possible when you solely focus on bigger teams.
Recent events in the tournament support Kohli’s viewpoint, with the Netherlands stunning South Africa and Afghanistan defeating the defending champions in a surprise victory.
In response, Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al-Hasan acknowledged the significance of Kohli’s wicket, calling him “the best batsman in the modern era.” Shakib expressed satisfaction in dismissing Kohli five times and looked forward to taking his wicket in their upcoming match.
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya also recognized Shakib’s importance, describing him as a “street-smart cricketer” who has carried Bangladesh’s team for a long time.
The bowling coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, Allan Donald, discussed their preparations for Virat Kohli, highlighting Kohli as the key player they focus on, valuing his wicket and planning strategies in advance.