Mumbai: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir said that captain Virat Kohli will be looking to win the ICC men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. He added that he was sure the Indian team would look to do well. India haven’t won the event after winning the inaugural edition in 2007. The tournament marks the last time Kohli will be leading India in T20Is.
“All he would be looking for is to win the T20 competition. I’m sure that the entire team will be looking to do that as well. It’s been a long 14 years of wait. I’m sure that it’s not only about Virat Kohli. He’s going to be captaining India for the last time in the T20 format. It’s about just winning the tournament, and him winning as captain will be icing on the cake,” Gambhir said on Follow The Blues show on Star Sports.
Talking about former India captain MS Dhoni’s inclusion as the mentor for the men’s T20 World Cup, Gambhir reckoned that Dhoni will be sharing his vast experience with the youngsters appearing for the first time in the marquee event.
“To share his experience with some of the young guys who are playing their first World Cup, which is going to be very important because playing in the World Cup is a completely different piece. So, you would need that experienced someone who’s been there done that. So, MS could definitely try and share all his experiences with some of the young cricketers”, Gambhir said.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan named pacer Jasprit Bumrah as his x-factor in the India” team. “When we talk about Varun Chakravarthy, it’s clear that he will do really well because he has mystery and also is in top form. But according to me in terms of bowling, there is only one X factor and that is Bumrah. T’ere can’t be a bigger X factor than Bumrah in any other team.”
India will be in action in the first warm-up match against England in Dubai on Monday. The 2007 champions will open their Super 12 campaign against Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium.