with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are making a comeback in T20I In the World Cup year, Rahul DravidTeam India will aim to end its long-running trophy drought in the next major tournament. On home soil, India continued their ICC trophy-less run in the 2023 edition of the 50-over World Cup. Recording a perfect ten on the grandest stage, Rohit's Team India failed to cross the final hurdle as Australia thrashed the favorites in their own backyard.
Now all roads are headed towards the Caribbean and the United States, with former England captain Kevin Pietersen backing an Indian star to do well in the next installment of the T20 World Cup. Pietersen led England to their first T20 World Cup crown the last time it was held in the Caribbean. Pietersen-starring England defeated arch-rivals Australia in the final of the 2010 World Cup in Barbados.
'Winning the World Cup in the Caribbean…'
“Winning the World Cup against Australia in front of a crowd in Barbados in the Caribbean was very special,” Pietersen said. The Times of India, For the former Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) superstar, the form of the players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 could be the deciding factor for the teams to win the world title. The former England batsman hinted that India could have an edge over their rivals in the T20 World Cup.
'World Cup conditions like India'
“It's all about people who will perform at the right time. And this is going to happen during IPL in April and May. We will see who is performing best. The players are good enough to repeat in the World Cup. The conditions here are actually similar to India. There will be wickets with very little bounce. It takes some spin, but they are beautiful wickets too,” Pietersen said.
'That's the guy': Pietersen picks extraordinary performer
When Pietersen was asked to name one player who can dominate the T20 World Cup, he immediately picked India batsman Shubman Gill. “This is Shubman Gill. That's the boy,'' said the Englishman. All-format batsman Gill finished last season's IPL as the leading run-getter of the T20 tournament. The Gujarat Titans (GT) star scored 890 runs in 17 matches. At an average of 59.83, Gill scored three centuries and four half-centuries for the Gujarat-based franchise. Gill was named the captain of GT for IPL 2024 after Hardik Pandya joined Rohit at Mumbai Indians (MI). The 24-year-old is set to make his 100th appearance in the cash-rich league next season.