Virat Kohli heads to another ICC Final: Indian captain Virat Kohli has a major task lined up with the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand just around the corner. Kohli has received constant praise and adulation for his batting over the years. However, the 32-year-old is still very much aware that he is yet to win a major ICC trophy in his tenure as captain.
Captain Kohli succumbed in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy to arch rivals Pakistan in 2017, which was followed up by the ICC Cricket World Cup semi final exit to New Zealand in 2019. Former World Cup winner, Ramiz Raja spoke about the pressure of the big stage and how it can even affect greatest of players.
Raja brought in the example of Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi, as he is yet to win a major trophy for his country. In spite of the brilliance of Leo Messi, it’s the temperament and mindset which hasn’t worked in his favor while representing Argentina according to Ramiz Raja.
“Some big names like Lionel Messi are still yet to win major silverware with Argentina. It’s all about temperament. Performing in big games like a World Cup final proves a player’s mettle.”
Raja believes that Virat Kohli has what it takes to break through that mental barrier and should take a lesson or two from the great Viv Richards ahead of the big final.
“Look at Sir Viv Richards. He always used to perform on big occasions. The WTC final will be a great opportunity for Kohli to score a ton and lead India to a trophy. He’s already among legends but leading India to the WTC trophy will be one more feather in his cap. A podium like this is a great chance for Kohli to enter into the club of ‘all-time greats’. He’s got the ability to do that. He just needs to manage his talent according to the situation,” Raja added.
India and New Zealand will be locking horns for the WTC Final at the Ageas Bowl Stadium, Southampton. The WTC Final schedule is from June 18-22, with an extra sixth day as an option too. The match starts at 3:00 PM (IST).