Jamaican Cricket legend Brian Lara has supported Indian batting centerpiece Virat Kohli to play a starring role in the knockout level of the 2015 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup. Defending champion India qualified for the quarter-finals after winning all six matches in their group stage and will compete Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for a position in the semi-finals.

The 26 years old right-hander superstar batsman started his World Cup crusade with an explosion, scoring a 126-ball 107 against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval, but has not made the most of his starts since then.

Lara told in an exclusive interview that “Virat Kohli has got one ton so far and maybe he has been a wee tepid, but he looks menacing. He is a big-match player and the World Cup is getting into that stage now. He knows what he is capable of and he thinks Kohli is going to be outstanding for the rest of the World Cup.”

After enduring a tragic time on the tour of Australia prior to the World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, has turned over a new leaf and is looking a different batsman altogether in the International Cricket Council till now. He started the crusade with a half-ton and a hundred against Pakistan and Proteas, respectively, and followed it up with yet another impressive hundred against Ireland. Shikhar Dhawan is India’s leading run-getter in the tournament, with 337 runs in 6 matches at an average of 56.16 including two tons.

Talking about the Indian opening batsman, the 45 years old stated that he has been very impressed with Shikhar Dhawan’s confidence and that he, along with Kohli, could be one of the game changing men for the Indians.

Brian Lara, who played in five World Cups for the West Indies, said he loves Dhawan’s cockiness and his confidence. That is a big portion of any batsman, particularly an opening batsman. India need that and he thinks Dhawan is going to be a force to conjecture within the remaining matches of the World Cup.

 

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