World Cup 2023: Eoin Morgan warns teams about Virat Kohli’s love for big occasions

In the lead-up to the highly anticipated ODI World Cup 2023, former England captain Eoin Morgan has shared his admiration for India's cricketing maestro, Virat Kohli.

Morgan, who knows a thing or two about the demands of international cricket, believes that Kohli possesses a unique ability to thrive on the grandest of stages and inspire his teammates to elevate their game.

In a candid conversation with RevSportz, Morgan expressed his deep admiration for Kohli, stating, “He is a truly remarkable player whom I have admired for a long time, not just because of the volume of runs he has scored but also how he has carried himself both on and off the field.”

Morgan's praise didn't stop there. He emphasized Kohli's remarkable penchant for delivering under the spotlight, adding, “You don't want to play against him on the big stage because he loves the big stage. He harnesses all the energy and hype around big games and uses it to his advantage.”

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This declaration by Morgan underscores the invaluable asset that Kohli is to Team India as they prepare to host the ODI World Cup later this year. Playing in familiar conditions already offers India a significant edge, but having a World Cup-winning veteran like Kohli in their ranks could be a game-changer.

Virat Kohli has already won one World Cup for India

Kohli's past experience of clinching the 2011 World Cup on home soil equips him with the knowledge of how to navigate the immense pressure that accompanies playing in front of passionate Indian fans.

Morgan acknowledged this advantage, saying, “Having the likes of Virat Kohli, who was there in that team in 2011 that won the home World Cup is another advantage.”

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Morgan further expressed his confidence in the leadership duo of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, hinting at their potential to steer India to glory.

“Dealing with the pressure back then, they did really well under the leadership of MS Dhoni, and I believe the brilliant leadership that both Rohit and Dravid have, if they manage it, they can be contenders.”

As the tournament approaches, India finds itself grappling with injury concerns in the middle order. In this context, Kohli's role becomes even more pivotal, with his consistent batting and astute captaincy expected to be instrumental in India's quest for World Cup glory.

With Eoin Morgan's ringing endorsement, all eyes are now firmly fixed on Virat Kohli, eagerly awaiting his performance on the world's grandest cricketing stage, as India strives to claim the ODI World Cup on home turf.

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