Virat Kohli has it in him to win India 2019 Cricket World Cup: Darren Sammy

first_imgKapil’s Devils changed the image of Indian cricket in 1983. Not many, including some of the ones in the Indian dressing room back then, gave them a chance of beating the big boys of world cricket in England.However, the mighty West Indies were beaten in the final and Kapil lifted the World Cup at the Lord’s balcony in what is being seen as the watershed moment of Indian cricket’s history.Some of the greatest Indian captains, including Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly, had tried to emulate Kapil but found no success. However, another man from a small town in the country – MS Dhoni helped India end the Australian dominance and a 28-year-long wait at home in 2011.It is now the turn of Indian cricket’s new-age poster boy, Virat Kohli to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion as the Asian giants head into the 2019 World Cup as one of the title favourites.Ever since taking over from Dhoni in 2017 as the limited-overs captain, Kohli has made sure India has remained one of the dominant limited-over sides in world cricket. The Delhi boy nearly aced his first big test as skipper as he led his troops to the final of Champions Trophy 2017 in England only to lose to arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-sided final.Backing Kohli’s captaincy skills, T20 globetrotter and the captain of T10 League’s Zee5 Northern Warriors, Darren Sammy, who knows a thing or two about winning world titles, insists the India captain has it in him to help to World Cup glory in England next year.Sammy said Kohli’s ability to lead by performance augurs well for Team India, who will be one of the teams to beat at next year’s global 50-over spectacle.”With the World Cup being played every four years, he has to win the World Cup next year. I am not sure if he will be around when during 2024 (2023) edition. But I am sure he has the qualities to win India the World Cup,” Sammy told India Today from the United Arab Emirates.The World T20-winning former West Indies skipper added: “We all are different leaders, we bring different qualities to our team with our leadership. Virat is one who leads by performance, he is a consistent performer. I was different as I led by motivation. I had a very good team in which I did not have the need to be a star.”India has always been a force to reckon with in limited-over cricket and T20I as well. India won under Dhoni who I think has been a brilliant captain. I learned a few things from him as well.”advertisementChris Gayle should play the 2019 World Cup: Sammy Chris Gayle was not available for the recently-concluded ODI series in India (Reuters Photo)Meanwhile, Sammy also stressed on the importance of having Chris Gayle in the West Indies side at the World Cup, saying the big-hitting opener should be the first name on the team sheet, provided he makes himself available.In the prolonged absence of several key players due to pay disputes and contract issues, the two-time champions failed to seal an automatic berth but managed to qualify for the 10-team tournament after playing the qualifiers earlier this year.Nonetheless, Sammy is buoyed by the emergence of exciting talents, especially in the pace bowling unit. If they head to England with the “right team”, the West Indies can challenge the big boys, according to the 34-year-old.”Chris Gayle should be the first person on the XI if he is available,” Sammy opined.”Cricket is played on the field no matter what is happening in the dressing room. If we get the right team and a good combination of players in the park, we will be able to challenge any team. I am hopeful of the West Indies doing well in England next summer.”‘T10 Cricket is the sport’s vehicle to Olympics’ Darren Sammy leads the Zee5 Northern Warriors side in the second edition of T10 League (Twitter Photo)Sammy also shared his thoughts on sport’s newest experiment – the T10 Cricket, saying the format has the potential to be cricket’s vehicle to Olympics.T10 cricket, as showcased in the much-publicised T10 League, is played over 90 minutes with 10 overs-a-side and the former West Indies captain believesthis football-like feature will take the format to unchartered territories.”It [T10 Cricket] a very exciting format. I was there last year as well. The crowd has been fantastic. Cricket is being played like a 90-minute football match. T20 is exciting but T10 cricket brings a lot more excitement. I would like to call this format ‘Highlights cricket’.””I also think T10 cricket is the ideal vehicle to drive cricket into the Olympics.”advertisementAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso see:last_img read more