"It will be Virat Kohli's 4th World Cup"- 2011 WC star on why India needs Virat in 2023 ODI WC
India hasn't won an ICC tournament since 2013, when MS Dhoni led the team to Champions Trophy glory in England. Since then, the ICC trophy drought has gotten wider with every ICC tournament that passes by. However, the biggest chance for the Men in Blue will be in 2023.
India will host the 2023 ODI World Cup in October and November, and it will be a huge opportunity for the team to end their trophy drought on their home soil. Notably, it might be the last world cup for a few Indian players, including the former Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Thus, it will be a great chance to end the career on high. Former Indian opener and member of the 2007 and 2011 World Cup-winning teams, Gautam Gambhir, also feels that Virat will have a big role to play if India needs to win the ODI World Cup.
The former Indian skipper has been rested in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, but he will be back in the ODI series starting on January 10. In a discussion on Cricket ka Mahakumbh with Star Sports, Gambhir pointed out that not many international players have two World Cup-winning medals in their careers.
Notably, Virat was also part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team. The former opener said that it will be the fourth ODI World Cup for Virat, and he can make it more special by winning it on home soil.
Gambhir said, "There cannot be a bigger achievement than having two 50-over World Cup medals in your home. Very few players will have two 50-over World Cup medals. Individual records are important, but if you ask any player, how many World Cups you have won is the parameter of how much you have achieved."
Furthermore, the former opener stated that the experience of Virat and Rohit Sharma will be key for India going forward in the marquee event. He stated that both of these Indian stalwarts play a good anchor role, which you need in 50-over cricket, and that's why their contribution will be valuable.