HomeCricketBrian Lara sees Virat-led India as favourites for World T20 2020

Brian Lara sees Virat-led India as favourites for World T20 2020

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara believes India remain one of the favourites for the World T20 2020. Lara said the Virat Kohli-led Indian side is capable of winning all major tournaments and added that all the other teams target India and Virat and his men must acknowledge that.

“I think they are definitely capable of winning all tournaments that they play. I think what Virat Kohli and company and the Indian team has to appreciate is the fact that everybody sort of targets India,” Lara quoted in an event.

“Everybody knows that at some point of time one team is going to play that important match against India…. If it’s a quarter final, semi-final and final.”

India has done exceptionally well in both Tests and ODIs, but the team is yet to win any major trophy Under Kohli’s leadership. They have reached semi-finals and finals on many occasions but failed in crucial games.

Team India last won a major tournament in 2013 when the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side lifted the Champions Trophy. Since then they have lost the 2015 World Cup semi-final, the 2016 World T20 semi-final, Champion Trophy final and most recently 2019 World Cup semi-final.

Former West Indies batting maestro also talked about potential players who can beat his 15-year-old record of 400 not out against England, which is still the highest individual score in Test cricket.

The 50-year-old icon believes that not Steve Smith but Virat Kohli, David Warner and Rohit Sharma are some of the batsmen who can break the record of his highest Test score.

"It would be difficult for Steve Smith to do it batting at No.4 for Australia. He is a great player but he doesn't dominate. You know a player like David Warner for sure. A player like Virat Kohli, who gets in early and gets set. He is a very attacking player. Rohit Sharma on his day. So they have got quite a group of players who can do so", Lara added.


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