India favourites to win T20 World Cup: Lara
With the latest edition of the T20 World Cup set to be held in Australia this year, West Indies legend Brian Lara says India have the best chance to win the trophy they had previously won back in 2007.
India are currently in tremendous form. Many believe they are now the team to beat in world cricket. Be it ODIs, Tests or T20Is, they are always at their very best. After beating South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies and Australia on their home soil, India have now won back-to-back T20I matches against New Zealand away from home as well. And for this reason, Lara predicts the Kohli-led side as the favourites to win the T20 World Cup.
“I think India will be the most threatening team in the T20 World Cup. They have the brightest chance to win it. They are one of the best teams in the world right now. Everyone knows how powerful India team are,” said Lara.
However he also shared what could be a big challenge for India to overcome, “All the limelights are on them now. Other teams want to beat them to grab the attention. And this will be a big challenge for them. In the knock-out rounds, a match scenerio could change in the blink of an eye. They had this experience from last year’s World Cup semifinals in England.”
Apart from Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are considered as the finest batsmen at the moment, who complete the Fab Four. But as far as limited-overs cricket is concerned, Kohli is way ahead of the rest. And that is the reason Lara thinks Kohli is the overall best as well.
“Right now I like a few guys. There are Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Joe Root. KL Rahul is also catching attention. But to me Kohli is the best, he is above everyone else. His consistency and fitness is incredible.”