According to the ex-South African cricketer, Kohli’s exceptional abilities will shine in his home country’s conditions. Renowned former South African cricketer Lance Klusener predicts that Virat Kohli will be the leading run-scorer in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, scheduled to commence on October 5.
Kohli, the former India captain, has been in excellent form, including his 47th ODI century during the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup and a half-century against Australia in the final match of a recent three-match ODI series at home.
Given the speculation that this might be Kohli’s last World Cup, Klusener expresses confidence in the 34-year-old batsman’s abilities and refers to him as a high-quality player. Klusener anticipates Kohli will exhibit remarkable skills, especially in familiar home conditions.
Lance Klusener is confident that Virat Kohli will showcase exceptional abilities when playing in familiar home conditions
“Virat Kohli, retirement? Probably not. He’s absolutely quality. He’ll be playing in his home conditions. He’ll probably be the leading run-scorer if India go all the way,” Klusener was quoted as saying by CricBlog.
Without a quality spinner in Australia’s lineup, is it a better choice to select a fast bowler: Klusener? Lance Klusener also commented on Australia’s lack of specialized spinners in the World Cup squad.
Due to Ashton Agar’s injury, they now only have one specialist left-arm spinner Adam Zampa, along with part-time spinners Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne, and Travis Head (who is currently injured). Klusener suggested that Australia should focus on their strengths and consider adding another fast bowler instead of partnering Zampa with a spinner.
“If there’s no spinner for Australia, no quality spinner, are you better off choosing a fast bowler. They might be lacking one quality spinner but they’ve proved in South Africa they’ve got more than enough weapons in terms of slower bowling and full pace when it comes to doing what they need to do in the World Cup,” he added.
Klusener also shared his opinions regarding the West Indies’ non-participation in the premier tournament.
“It’s a little bit weird not having the West Indies there. They’re going through a transition at the moment, failing to qualify in Zimbabwe. Bit of a shame, it’s always nice to have them in any World Cup,” he concluded.