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India heavily reliant on Virat Kohli: Rahul Dravid

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Rahul Dravid

Sydney, Jan 24 - Indian cricket legend Rahul Dravid on Saturday said star batsman Virat Kohli will need to be at his best during the ICC World Cup as the Indian team are heavily reliant on their One-Day International (ODI) vice-captain.

"If you look at the Indian batting lineup, they are in a sense heavily reliant on someone like Virat Kohli to get India through those middle overs which allows the likes of Raina and Dhoni to come at the back end and finish off games," Dravid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

He further added Kohli needs to bat well and set the tempo if India are to have a chance of retaining the World Cup.

"He will need to bat well. He'll need to set the tempo for the side."

Dravid was, however, concerned about the death bowling of the team, terming it "inconsistent".

"Mohammad Shami we've seen has a good yorker and when he's on song he does well. Ishant Sharma has blown hot and cold in one-day cricket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is brilliant when the balls swings, but again his death bowling has been good on some days, not been great (on other days) same with Umesh Yadav. So there's no consistency in that," he added.