Virat Kohli India World Cup 2015
Virat Kohli is India's trump card in the batting departmentReuters

After a match-winning performance against Pakistan, Virat Kohli has been relatively quiet with his willow. The Delhi dasher may have been getting starts, but has failed to convert those starts into big scores.

Virat Kohli has been one of the mainstays of the Indian batting order for the last 12 months, but has failed to score any half century after his century against the men in green.

With the competition moving into the business end, Virat Kohli would be eager to score some important runs and help India defend their crown, which they won in 2011.

West Indies great Brian Lara feels the Indian batsman is a big game player.

"Kohli has got one hundred so far and maybe he has been a little lukewarm, but he looks ominous. He is a big-game player and the World Cup is getting into that stage now," Lara told NDTV.

"I know what he is capable of and I think he is going to be outstanding for the remainder of the tournament."

The Indian team topped their pool and have been pitted against a relatively smaller team, Bangladesh, in the quarters, which Dhoni and his men are supposed to sail through, considering India's form in the tournament so far.

But, the Indian team cannot take Bangladesh easy as well, for they have proved themselves in the group stages to grab a spot in the knock-out stages. Players such as Kolhi, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma need to come up with a good game against their South Asian neighbours.

Dhawan has been India's best batsman in the competition with two centuries against his name as well. Despite his poor performance prior to the World Cup, the left hander is showing his class, when it matters most.

The former West Indies batsman also feels that Dhawan would be a force in the remaining World Cup matches.

"I love Dhawan's cockiness and his confidence. That's a big part of any batsman, especially an opening batsman. India need that and I think he is going to be a force to reckon with in the remaining matches of the World Cup," said Lara.

Both Kohli and Dhawan would need to score big as a victory in the quarters for India would pit them against the winner of the other quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan and for that game, the Indian team would require their big guns to fire.

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