Sometimes when you have superstars, you forget to plan: Brian Lara warns India

Written by Praveen CA

Legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara has warned India and head coach Rahul Dravid ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024. Lara has said that India should not rely too much on their superstars and instead have a plan for the ICC tournament. India have not won the T20 World Cup since the inaugural edition (2007). This time around Rohit Sharma’s team India would hope to turn their fortunes around in the tournament which is being jointly hosted by USA and West Indies.

“Sometimes when you have a team with a lot of superstars, you forget the plan and you believe that the superstars can do it. They just have to turn up. Sometimes you may feel, as a coach, intimidated, telling Sir Vivian Richards or Virat Kohli, you know exactly what you expect of them,” Lara said in an interaction with PTI editors at its headquarters which was facilitated by Star Sports.

“Obviously when you have such great players, you want to stick to that experience because you feel that they can do it and there’s nothing wrong with it,” he said referring to Kohli and Rohit.

Lara said given the big names that make the Indian squad, Dravid will have his hands full on the planning front. The legendary cricketer said that the team under Rohit Sharma could go the distance in this edition.

“You’ve got a lot of exciting young players coming out and you also have that sort of conundrum. India have gone with a team that has experience. My advice, and it’s not my criticism, it’s my advice, to Rahul Dravid is to make sure and have a plan,” Lara stated.

“The team is capable of winning the World Cup. Yes, it’s a team that have maybe a couple of youngsters missing because of the situation. But I still believe that if they plan properly. India could win the World Cup,” Lara concluded.

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