India vs. Bangladesh, Cricket World Cup: Kohli’s statement emphasizes the unpredictability of the tournament
As the cricketing world witnesses a series of remarkable upsets in the ongoing World Cup, star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has a valuable message for his team: There are no “big teams” in the World Cup, and upsets occur when you underestimate the potential of every side. Kohli’s words carry significance following two major surprises in the tournament.
Afghanistan stunned defending champions England by 69 runs in New Delhi, while the Netherlands achieved their greatest victory in the history of the game by defeating South Africa by 38 runs in a rain-affected match in Dharamsala.
Kohli shared his perspective with Star Sports ahead of India’s pivotal World Cup match against Bangladesh. He highlighted the need for vigilance and respect for all teams, regardless of their stature.
Historically, India has maintained a strong record against Bangladesh in World Cup encounters, except for a notable defeat in 2007 in the Caribbean. However, Kohli doesn’t underestimate the threat posed by Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, especially in the context of the upcoming match.
“Over the years, I’ve played a lot against him (Shakib). He’s got amazing control. He’s a very experienced bowler. He bowls very well with the new ball, knows how to deceive the batsman, and is also very economical,” Kohli praised.
The Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, echoed Kohli’s sentiments, emphasizing Shakib’s street-smart cricketing skills and the substantial role he plays in the Bangladesh team.
On the other side of the rivalry, Shakib Al Hasan expressed his respect for Virat Kohli, acknowledging him as the finest modern-era batsman. Shakib’s personal success against Kohli, having dismissed him five times in the past, makes the prospect of getting his wicket a rewarding challenge.
As the cricketing world watches these giants of the game face off, it’s a reminder that in the World Cup, the line between underdog and favorite can blur, and the spirit of competition reigns supreme. Kohli’s message serves as a testament to the thrilling unpredictability that makes the World Cup a cricketing spectacle like no other.