The Men In Blue have managed to qualify for the semi-final of every major ICC tournament since the 2013 Champions Trophy but have failed to win. Virat Kohli aims to be the second captain after MS Dhoni to lift the T20 World Cup.
The Indian skipper claims that the management aims to find the balanced squad for the showpiece event that will take place in Australia next year. He also added that the players would be motivated to grab the spots. He said:
“The T20 World Cup in 2020 is a big focus for us, and it’s important that we use the next 12 months to place ourselves in the best possible position to compete for another major ICC trophy,”
“Our players will be really motivated to take their opportunities when they get selected for T20I matches to put themselves forward for the T20 World Cup, as we want to have a settled team combination by the time we get to Australia,”
Kohli recalled India’s triumph in the very first T20 World Cup in South Africa and added that it would be an honor to be the second Indian captain to lift the trophy for the country. The skipper added that he looks forward to the crowd support as they had turned up in numbers during the 2015 World Cup. He stated:
“India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 when the format was new and the future a bit unknown. Since then, T20 cricket has truly come of age and it would be an honor to be the second Indian captain to lift the T20 World Cup trophy, and hopefully the third if the Indian women can win it earlier in 2020,” Kohli said.
“We receive such incredible support when we play in Australia, with stadiums often packed with a sea of blue shirts. I hope to see more of that when we come back to Australia next year,”