'Hope he Ends as Leading Run-getter, Gets to be Carried on Shoulders Around the Ground': Virender Sehwag's World Cup Wish for India Superstar
Virender Sehwag also said that Rohit Sharma was almost picked for the 2011 World Cup team and that he should have won one World Cup by the end of his career.
If India wins the forthcoming ODI World Cup in 2023, former India opener Virender Sehwag wants Virat Kohli to be carried like Sachin Tendulkar.
Along with other players, Kohli, a member of India's 2011 World Cup winning team, carried Tendulkar around the pitch on his shoulders.
The Indian team, led by skipper Virat Kohli, advanced to the World Cup semifinals before losing to New Zealand in Manchester.
The 34-year-old, along with captain Rohit Sharma, will be crucial for India in the major ICC tournament this year, and Sehwag believes the two veteran players should win the World Cup.
Sehwag stated on Cricbuzz, "These two senior players deserve to win the World Cup."
"Rohit Sharma almost missed being selected for the 2011 World Cup. He went on to say, "He deserves to win a World Cup trophy because he is an incredible player. He later became the Badshah of ODIs."
Sehwag added that although Kohli did not complete the previous World Cup with a century, he should make up for it by finishing first in runs scored this time around.
"I hope Kohli, also known by his nickname Chiku, hits a lot of hundreds this year and finishes as the tournament's top run scorer. He didn't score a century in the 2019 World Cup. "After that, I would like him to be lifted by the shoulders and given a tour of the ground," he said.
While he finished the 2019 World Cup without a century, Kohli was still in fantastic form, amassing 443 runs at an average of 55.37 and striking five half-centuries.
With 1030 runs in 26 games, he is the second-highest run scorer for India in World Cup history. On the list, he is behind the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
The Indian side entered the ODI championship with a strong mindset after an impressive showing in the Asia Cup and a commanding display with the willow against Australia. However, there are still issues with determining the best playing XI.
India's campaign against Australia kicks off in Chennai on October 8.