Kohli fancies IPL-style World Cup format
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has stated that he would like to see IPL-style playoff system in the upcoming World Cups following his side’s exit from the semi-final.
The 2019 was only the second edition where the Cricket World Cup was played in a round-robin format. All teams faced each other before entering the semis. India topped the points table with 15 points from nine matches.
Starting the tournament as favourites, India’s dream were demolished by No. 4 New Zealand’s fiery spell at the beginning on the second day of the first semi-final at Old Trafford. 1992 had the similar scene when No. 4 Pakistan defeated table-toppers New Zealand in the semi-final.
Like IPL and many other T20 leagues, top two-ranked teams get to play another match to ensure finals if they lose one where the third and fourth ranked teams have to play another match against the losing side of top two sides.
“Maybe. If topping the table means anything. I think these things can come into consideration, looking at the magnitude of this tournament. That is a really valid point. You never know when that is going to be implemented,” said Kohli after India’s World Cup exit.
“You finish No. 1 in the table and then a spell of bad cricket and you are out of the tournament completely. But you have to accept it.”
India played their seventh World Cup semi-final and this was their fourth defeat. In 2015, they succumbed to hosts and eventual champions Australia in the semi-final.
New Zealand are into their second-straight World Cup final. Their bowling and fielding performances have overcome batting woes.