New Delhi: The battle of T20 World Cup 2021 has started. Team India has to play its first match against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24. The Indian team under the leadership of Virat Kohli is being considered as the strongest contender for the title this time.
This could also be Virat’s last T20 World Cup as captain. Kohli has already announced that he will step down as the captain of cricket immediately after this tournament. In such a situation, former India batsman Suresh Raina believes that the players of the team should give a wonderful farewell to Virat by winning the T20 World Cup and he deserves it too.
In a column for the ICC, Raina said, ‘The message for India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is simple – do it for Virat Kohli. In this tournament he will probably be playing the last time as captain so it is very important for him to assure everyone that we can do this and we have to support him. For this reason, Indian fans cannot wait for the start of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. We have the players, we have the rhythm – all we have to do is get on the field and execute the plan.
Raina said that having Indian players play in the Indian Premier League in the UAE can help during the World Cup. “All our players have played in the recently concluded Indian Premier League in the UAE and they are in that environment for eight or nine days. Playing matches is in top form. This gives India an edge over all the other teams and from my point of view it makes India a strong contender to win the T20 World Cup. The situation in UAE is similar to that of India and Pakistan.
This is a good opportunity for the Asian teams to play their natural game. We have been waiting for this T20 World Cup for a long time. The last two years have been difficult but I think we will see something special in UAE and Oman.