Virat Kohli makes World Cup admission as India prepare to travel to England
Virat Kohli, the India captain, expects a ‘challenging’ World Cup (Picture: Getty)
Virat Kohli expects the upcoming World Cup to be the ‘most challenging’ he has played in and says his India team will need to handle the pressure to lift the trophy.
Kohli helped India win their second World Cup title in 2011 and was part of the team that reached the semi-finals four years later in Australia.
‘It will be the most challenging World Cup I have played in,’ Kohli said on Tuesday as the India squad prepare to travel to England.
‘Any team can beat any team. Team will have to adapt very quickly. Handling pressure is the most important thing at the World Cup – not necessarily handling the conditions.’
India won their second World Cup trophy in 2011 (Picture: Getty)
India have thrived in all three formats under Kohli’s captaincy and the team travel to England as one of the favourite to win the World Cup.
On India’s prospects over the next six weeks, head coach Ravi Shastri said: ‘If we play to our potential we can win the World Cup.
‘The pitches might be flat but in England overhead conditions will play a part. You have to be prepared to be flexible.
‘This is an experienced unit, we have accomplished. Each one compliments each other.’
Kohli’s side are one of the favourites for the 2019 edition (Picture: Getty)
India continue their preparations for the World Cup with warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh next week.
On Tuesday morning, hosts England announced their final 15-man squad for the tournament, with Jofra Archer selected after impressing in three ODIs against Pakistan.
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David Willey and Joe Denly were the two notable absentees and the former admitted he was ‘absolutely gutted’ to miss out.
Eoin Morgan’s England face South Africa on May 30 in the first match of the 2019 World Cup.