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Former Team India top order batsman and also a member of both World Cup winning squads of this generation, Gautam Gambhir is extremely confident of the fact that the Men in Blue will go through to the semi-final of the showpiece event. However, the former KKR skipper is of the opinion that it will be possible depending on the intensity of India skipper Virat Kohli. He described the intensity of Virat Kohli in a subtle manner.
“I am not sure if Madame Tussauds, London, has a statue of Virat Kohli. The one in New Delhi has him. It’s a brilliant job but it misses Virat’s intensity; the energy in his pose is not there. India is one of my four semi-finalists. But for that to happen, Virat’s intensity is key,” the southpaw was quoted as saying during his column in the Times of India.
He also picked Australia, England and New Zealand as the three other semi-finalists. He is confident of Australia progressing through to the playoffs only due to the presence of Justin Langer in their dressing room. The former Aussie Test opener is currently the head coach of the national team.
“My other three semi-finalists are Australia, England and New Zealand. In Australia’s case, I am bullish more because of their big daddy Justin Langer and then, of course, the team.
Having known Langer the coach, I feel his man-management skills are one of Australia’s biggest strengths. The fact that he was not the most talented of batsmen makes him understand his role so well,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by the TOI.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir is also of the opinion that England and New Zealand have a perfect game for conditions in England. If it is hot, then they have the batsmen to decimate attacks. If it is moving around, then they have the bowlers to take advantage. “England have raised the bar. It is for them to match it up now.
I have worked with Eoin Morgan while with the Kolkata Knight Riders. His good luck and charm can get the work done, trust me. England’s beautiful new jersey will only enhance the Morgan Magic!” the opening batsman from Delhi, who also played a major role in India’s 2007 World T20 triumph, added