India needs more match-winners besides Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to win a World Cup, says Harbhajan Singh


Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that Team India needs to have more players like KL Rahul who can take the pressure off Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

India cannot be over-reliant on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, says Harbhajan Singh. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • KL Rahul is doing a fantastic job and is going to be a key player for India going forward: Harbhajan
  • During the World Cup in 2011, India had multiple match-winners and they delivered, says Harbhajan
  • Currently India are reliant on 2-3 players and that needs to change, he argued

Indian cricket has more often than not relied on star players to get them through in big matches. One could go back a decade and look at the time when the moment Sachin Tendulkar got out, it was assumed that the rest of the team would fold up without much of a fight.

Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that the current Indian team needs to get over their reliance on skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and create more watch-winners like KL Rahul.

“They have to stop relying on 2 or 3 players. Last World Cup we saw Rohit Sharma was the key player and Virat is always there. But you have to have more match winners in your team. India needs to create more match-winners around Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to win the World Cup.

“These two might get out early in pressure matches and then you have to have other players who can fill that slot and have that belief in them to still do the job for Team India,” Harbhajan said.

“KL Rahul is doing a fantastic job and is going to be a key player for India going forward. We need more players like KL Rahul around Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma whom we can believe that yes these are the guys. Anybody can get out early but we need to have that belief in our team that anybody can win the game for them,” he added.

In 2011 World Cup, we had multiple match-winners, says Harbhajan

According to the off-spinner, this is what was the biggest strength of the Indian team that went on to win the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011. Although there were star players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni, each player in that team had the belief that they could win the match for India on a given day.

“That was the case with our team in the 2011 World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag got out early in the final but we had that belief, sitting in the dressing room, that Gautam Gambhir will do the job, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will do the job or Yuvraj Singh will definitely do the job. And if they don’t do it, I’ll do the job. That belief has to come from within a player,” Singh added.



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