Virat Kohli has perhaps had the most impact with the bat in one-day cricket, which is the format in which the game is played. The hitter is already a legend in the game, having amassed 45 centuries prior to this point in his career.
With the countdown to the ODI World Cup in 2023 having just begun, there are enormous expectations placed upon Virat Kohli to lead India’s batting effort in that tournament.
However, Gautam Gambhir believes that even with the advent of aggressive batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, Kohli will still have a very significant role to play in the team.
Gambhir also pointed out the differences between the roles of “anchors” in one-day international and twenty-20 cricket matches. According to Gambhir, the fact that players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have played the game for a significant amount of time makes them extremely valuable to the Indian side.
During an interview on Star Sports, Gambhir stated the following: “Only the 50 over format requires an anchor, therefore use it if you want to play it well.
In Twenty20 cricket, there is no genuine need for a player to take the role of the innings’ anchor. Additionally, the experience of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be of the utmost significance.”
“If you have all of these impact players and you pick them, like Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, let’s not forget that they will be playing in their first World Cup. Because of this, the experience that Virat and Rohit provide will be very very crucial.
Now, we need to see how the entire batting lineup revolves around either Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma, and it’s important that we do so “he continued.
To summarise, Gambhir asserted that Kohli will play a very significant part in the One-Day International World Cup.
The 41-year-old player stated, “From my own perspective, I believe that Virat Kohli’s involvement in this World Cup is really crucial.”