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India batsman Suresh Raina is confident that captain Virat Kohli will lead the country to World Cup glory in England and Wales next year.
Raina added that given Kohli’s sublime run of form in all formats, the 29-year-old is also capable of capturing the coveted Man of the Tournament award.
In the last World Cup in 2015, India made it to the semi-finals, but ended up being beaten by Australia, who went on to win the event.
“Virat Kohli is very hungry – hunger is there in his eyes,” Raina told India Today. “His fitness has been remarkable. Every time he rotates the strike – whenever he gets the loose balls, he looks to punish them.
“He is the best in the world, no doubt about it. He wants to win the World Cup very badly – probably in England, he will be the man of the tournament.”
Meanwhile, Raina has not represented India since February last year, but it is likely that he will make his international comeback during the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa after being included in India’s squad.
Even though he is 31, Raina insisted that he still has a lot to offer and believes that he can be a major asset to the national team.
“My peak is yet to come, my time will start from here on,” he said. “Still timing the ball really well, have a few good bats. Need to be patient to bat at No.4.”