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India Will Want to Win WTC Final for the Thousands Suffering Due to COVID-19: Ian Bishop

Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Ian Bishop said the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be 'huge' for India skipper Virat Kohli

Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop said the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be ‘huge’ for India skipper Virat Kohli, who is yet to win an ICC tournament as captain.

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Speaking at a press conference organised by Star Sports, Bishop said the game will be big for India especially given the backdrop of the COVID-19 induced sufferings in the country.

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“It will be huge for Virat. He has led from the front, which is one of the important things for a good captain. He is a batsman who is at the top of his game along with Kane, his opposite number and one or two other guys who are around the cricketing circle, but it’s a small group," he said.

“Virat has got a lot to play for because we have to remember what India is going through beyond the boundary, with the pandemic, the things that have happened there in the last couple of months.

“So, when players talk of playing for a country, if ever there was a subsequent meaning to it, it’s now for India to play for the thousands and millions back at home who have been suffering.

“So, you’ve got two contrasting narratives there. But I think Virat would badly want it because for all the good work that he has done. The belief in his fast bowlers, changing the dynamics and the positivity, taking it to another level. To have that trophy in that cabinet for himself, for his team and his country, you can’t substitute that."

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first published:June 15, 2021, 21:29 IST