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Madan Lal Wants Other Batters To Step Up For India

Madan Lal Wants Other Batters To Step Up For India
Madan Lal

Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal has said that Virat Kohli cannot win every game single-handedly. Madan Lal also praised Kohli’s innings against Pakistan, but urged the Indian openers to raise their game as well. However, Kohli scored an unbeaten 82 against Pakistan in Melbourne in India’s first match of the tournament, helping a struggling India out of trouble.

Chasing 160, the Indian team were struggling at 31-4 before Virat Kohli’s partnership of 113 with Hardik Pandya helped them come back into the game. India hit the winning runs on the last ball and emerged winners by four wickets as well.

Speaking to PTI, Madan Lal has said that Virat Kohli played the knock of a lifetime and also stated that winning the tournament is a team effort.

He said, “Virat Kohli’s innings was amazing. I have never seen an innings like that but Virat Kohli is not going to win you every match. It’s such a big tournament. It can’t be won by one person. Australian pitches are suited to Kohli’s game. He runs the ones, twos, and threes and uses the big grounds to his advantage. In between, he scores the boundaries. He has become mentally tougher.”

“Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have to pull up their socks. Everybody needs to ensure that they are performing and trying their best all the time. And in every game, there will be different heroes. India’s task is yet to be completed. The journey has just begun. Even teams like the Netherlands are not weak teams. In T20, it’s anybody’s game,” he continued.

However, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma scored four runs each against Pakistan, losing their wickets to Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, respectively. Suryakumar Yadav, who was in sublime form, also got out by a delivery from Rauf.

Madan Lal also added that keeper-batter Rishabh Pant needs to be in the team, stating that he could win matches out of nowhere.

“Pant should always play. He is a match-winner. Even if he plays five games, he is going to win you two games. So that is good enough. You should give him a chance to play five-six matches and you will see the difference. India must choose their playing XI according to the opponents they play. They should play their pacers and spinners accordingly. The same set of playing XI may not work,” Madan Lal concluded.

However, Team India will face The Netherlands on Thursday and they are expected to play their A-game against South Africa when they play them in Perth on Sunday as well.

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