Ramiz Raja compares Kohli’s ICC title drought with Messi
Indian captain Virat Kohli will be looking forward to leading his team from the front in the upcoming inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship Final against New Zealand. The all-important final will be played at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 18.
Meanwhile, there were talks that Kohli is yet to win an ICC title as captain. Although Team India have been immensely successful and consistent in the last 4 to 5 years, they are yet to win a major ICC trophy. Their last ICC trophy came in the year 2013 when India won the Champions Trophy under MS Dhoni’s leadership.
However, under Kohli’s leadership, the Men in Blue reached the ICC Champions Trophy final and the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but were defeated by Pakistan and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja spoke about the topic and then compared Kohli with football legend Lionel Messi citing that for the big occasions, temperament is the important factor rather than the consistency.
“Look at Sir Viv Richards. He always used to perform on big occasions. The WTC final will be a great opportunity for Kohli to score a ton and lead India to a trophy. He’s already among legends but leading India to the WTC trophy will be one more feather in his cap.
A podium like this is a great chance for Kohli to enter into the club of ‘all-time greats’. He’s got the ability to do that. He just needs to manage his talent according to the situation,” Raja said in a conversation with India TV.
Messi is also yet to win a major silverware with Argentina and the Pakistan commentator Raja was quick to find similarities between the Indian captain and Barcelona legend.
“Some big names like Lionel Messi are still yet to win major silverware with Argentina. It’s all about temperament. Performing in big games like a World Cup final proves a player’s mettle,” said Raja.