ICC World Cup 2019: Hussain sees Kohli’s India as a threat for opponents

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ICC World Cup 2019: Nasser Hussain Sees Virat Kohli’s India as a Threat for Opponents 

ICC World Cup 2019: Nasser Hussain Sees Virat Kohli’s India as a Threat for Opponents
Hussain backs the Three Lions. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain maintained the opponents should be wary of Virat Kohli’s India at the ICC World Cup 2019. He believes the Men in Blue are set to give a tough time to the teams in the multi-nation tournament. The 10-team tourney will commence from May 30 when hosts Three Lions will face South Africa.

The 51-year-old cricketer-turner-commentator Hussain maintained Team India has its bases covered.

Pertinently, Kohli has marshalled his troops well in the recent past. He has been impressive as a leader after succeeding MS Dhoni. Thus, Kohli has clean swept while bagging all three ICC awards for 2018.

India to challenge the distinct teams:

Nasser Hussain, ICC World Cup, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
Hussain believes India is a compact unit. Photo Credit: Getty Images

On the ICC World Cup 2019 Preview Show, Hussain maintained India has availed the best batsman in the line-up.

“They have every base covered. They have the best batsman in world cricket right now in Virat Kohli. He’s backed up by various other batsmen, in particular, Rohit Sharma. ‘Sharma would have to be in the all-time XI in one-day cricket,” Hussain stated.

Hussain remarked the Team India have varied options in the bowling stocks. He added the opening duo Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan has made good use of the powerplay overs.

“They’re no longer a one-dimensional team – they have good seamers and good spin options. They use the powerplay well with Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Those two go hard and go well and set it up for Kohli,” Hussain asserted.

India has strong bowling: Hussain

MS Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Dhoni’s inputs are crucial at the World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images,

The two-time champions India have the star-studded line-up with MS Dhoni equally ready to help his successor, Kohli. He added with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar spearheading the pace attack.

Also, the experienced campaigner in Dhoni is known for finishing off the games.

“They have good finishers in MS Dhoni and their bowling is very strong, with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. They chase as well as any team in the world and they travel well in white-ball cricket.’ Hussain, who made 88 ODI appearances,” he added.

Hussain has praised Bumrah for his death bowling while adding Bhuvneshwar has been equally up to the task. Besides, he maintained Indian’s pace attack had shown a lot of improvement since 2017.

“You need your spin options. But India’s real advance over the last two years has been in their seam bowling department. Bumrah is a fabulous bowler who bowls at the start and at the death. Kumar will be a real handful and their spinners are very good. I’d be very wary of India at this World Cup,” he inferred.

Meanwhile, Kohli will lead India for the first time at the World Cup. The animated character would be keen to go deeper into the mega event. Moreover, the Men in Blue will kick-off their campaign against South Africa on June in Southampton.

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