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Brian Lara claims Virat Kohli led India is capable of winning all ICC tournaments

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 January 2020, 17:55 IST
Brian Lara

West Indies legend Brian Lara is of the opinion that the Indian cricket side, under Virat Kohli, have the ability to win all ICC tournaments it takes part in.

The 50 year old West Indian feels that every international team sort of picks out on India in ICC competitions.

"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 the fact that everybody sort of target India," Lara was quoted as saying by 'India Today'.

"Everybody knows that 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," he added.

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Under Kohli’s captaincy, team India has reached greater heights in both Tests and ODIs but as yet has failed to win an ICC competition, petering out in important matches.

The Indian team last won an ICC tournament was in 2013 when MS Dhoni led India lifted the ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom.

Adjudged as one of the exquisite batsmen that world cricket has ever produced, Lara’s 15 year old record of unbeaten 400 runs against England is till date the highest individual score in Test cricket.

Be that as it may, Lara believes Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and David Warner have the potential to shatter his milestone.

"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," Lara said.

"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," he added.

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First published: 2 January 2020, 17:55 IST