Suresh Raina advises Indian players to win T20 world cup for out-going skipper Virat Kohli

Suresh Raina says Virat Kohli deserves to end his T20 captaincy stint on a high note by winning this year’s mega event.

By Web Desk
October 17, 2021
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Former India left-hander Suresh Raina says Virat Kohli deserves to end his T20 captaincy stint on a high note by winning this year’s T20 World Cup.

India will begin their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24. 

"For India, the message at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup is simple, do it for Virat Kohli. It will probably be his last time at this tournament as captain, so it's very important for him to make everyone believe we can do it him," Raina wrote in a column for ICC.

"India fans can't wait for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 to start for this reason. We have the players, momentum and need to go out there and execute now."

Raina feels the Indian players featuring in the IPL in the UAE could help them during the World Cup.

"We need Rohit, KL Rahul and Virat to bat through to 15 overs and lay the platform. They can set the momentum for the India team by doing this," he said.

"There are lots of electric combinations in the middle order and obviously Rishabh Pant is going to play a key role there. Hardik Pandya is also very capable as a power hitter.