Virat Kohli will end his nine-year reign as India’s T20 captain after the ongoing World Cup. On the eve of India’s opening match against arch rivals Pakistan, sports writer Sharda Ugra analyses Kohli’s first – and now only – shot at leading India to a World Cup T20 title.
The T20 World Cup, on for a week now in the UAE and Oman, has been a cracker of tournament. India v Pakistan is in itself, however, an entire box of fireworks.
In the ICC World T20 International rankings, India is ranked No. 2 behind England and Pakistan is No 3. But rankings hardly matter when it comes to contests between India and Pakistan. They could be ranked anything in Ultimate Frisbee and their contest would still be hyperventilated over.
Anyway, T20 International rankings are place markers. Over the last two years, among the frontline teams, only Bangladesh and Afghanistan have played fewer T20 internationals than India. In that time, Australia and South Africa whose cricketers proliferate global T20 franchise leagues, have lost more than they have won. But it doesn’t matter. The only prize worth winning in T20 internationals is the one on offer over the next month.