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T20 World Cup: Former Bengal, KKR all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla backs India to go the distance

06:16 PM Oct 24, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Former Bengal and Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla has predicted India to win the T20 World Cup and that captain Virat Kohli will top the run-charts.

“I think Virat Kohli will perform well in this tournament and India will definitely reach the final to become the champion,” Shukla was quoted as saying by ANI.

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“Dhoni has come in the dressing room, so I think Virat will perform even better.”

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India will open their campaign with a match against their arch-rivals Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium. The men in blue have a 5-0 record against their neighbours in T20 World Cups. Without taking sides, Shukla said that it would be a competitive game.

“It'll be a competitive match. India will have an advantage as we have (Ravindra) Jadeja, Varun Chakravarthy, (Ravichandran) Ashwin, (Jasprit) Bumrah & (Mohammed) Shami.”

“India's bowling combination is better (than Pakistan), batting is good anyway. So, it'll be a good match,” Shukla added.

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