India discard Suresh Raina feels Virat Kohli will lift the Champions Trophy this time around.
Speaking at a pre-match presser ahead of their clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, the Gujarat Lions skipper said, "in order to get winning results, one needs to full support from the team and Kohli has got that. "Everyone supports him on the field. All the players like to play that way. If he starts scoring runs, I don't think anyone can stop him from winning the Champions Trophy. He has done well in Test and one-day cricket. Now it's time to go to England and do what MS did in ODIs (in 2013)," the Champions Trophy winner said.
Raina, who may find it difficult to make the squad for Champions Trophy said that IPL transformed him as a player making him more assertive and positive in his approach.
"By playing IPL, I got over my hesitations. It created a positive vibe in me. Like you say cricketing instincts. You are in a good zone when you hit a bowler instinctively -- I developed that and dominated the bowlers."
Gujarat Lions have struggled to get their combination right this season and are languishing at the bottom of the table.
With Lions failing to replicate last year's performance where they finished table toppers, Raina said: "This time, we made some mistakes and we are not able to get our combination right. Bravo has been out; Jadeja could not play first two matches. It's a matter of posting one big win."
Raina has picked Kerala pacer Basil Thampi and Jharkhand batsman Ishan Kishan as two special talents who would go on to play for India.
"He (Thampi) knows what he has to do on the match day as well as in practice. He has done really well in first-class cricket. He may get a look-in into the Indian team. He works really hard."
"Ishan Kishan is also a very bright prospect for the Indian team. Both have done well so far. No. 7 is such a crucial position, where you have pressure to finish a game. I think he has it in him. He comes from the same place as Dhoni bhai. He has played with him. I’ve seen him for last two years. He got a good attitude. I want him to play for India," Raina lauded Kishan.
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