Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform great positive for India at World Cup 2019: Misbah-ul-Haq

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq heaped rich praise on Virat Kohli, saying his energy is the biggest positive for Team India at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Misbah-ul-Haq pointed out that Virat Kohli will be the key to India’s chances in the quadrennial tournament in the United Kingdom, especially during crunch matches. However, Misbah also said all the positivity surrounding the Indian team can turn into negativity if Kohli fails with the bat.Virat Kohli will be leading Team India at the 2019 World Cup. The pre-tournament favourites start their campaign against South Africa on June 5 and Kohli, their best batsman, is expected to lead from the front with the bat in his maiden 50-over World Cup as captain.Speaking to Senior Executive Editor, Vikrant Gupta at Salaam Cricket 2019, Misbah-ul-Haq said: “Of course, Virat Kohli is the best batsman across formats, his hunger to perform in match-winning ways is a great positive for the team. but it’s also negative at times, when such a big factor fails, suddenly all the positivity can turn into negativity.”Virat is the key for India, no doubt they have MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and strong bowling but Virat will be key during pressure matches.”Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq also highlighted Pakistan’s problem at the moment is their inability to produce match-winning performances. Pakistan have had an 11-match losing streak, which includes their 7-wicket crushing loss to the West Indies in their World Cup 2019 opener.Misbah also pointed out that Pakistan were complacent ahead of their Asia Cup 2018 clash against Pakistan after the Champions Trophy final win against their arch-rivals in 2017. However, he said Pakistan were lucky to beat India in the big final played at The Oval in London.advertisement”Pakistan was lucky in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 and India was still a better team but the luck and momentum favoured Pakistan. In Asia Cup (2018) maybe without Kohli, Pakistan thought that they could beat India easily. But the biggest difference between them right now is the experience and match-winning performances where Pakistan are lacking somewhat.”We couldn’t finish off matches against England and the team needs a good win otherwise such problems will go on piling up after every match. We are still thinking about the playing 11 instead of the opposition.”ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Shoaib Akhtar asked Harbhajan for World Cup 2011 final ticketsALSO READ | Sourav Ganguly changed India into a ruthless ODI team, says Nasser HussainALSO WATCH | Salaam Cricket 2019: Warne refuses to pick himself in his dream World Cup XIlast_img

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