We don’t single out any teams: Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli said he doesn’t want to single out any teams and believes all the teams are strong in the upcoming World Cup.

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Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke during the pre-tournament captain’s conference about the importance of intensity and asked to not underestimate any team.

Giving the last home series against Australia as an example, Kohli said

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“If a team on a given day, gets together against an experienced side, and believes more that they can win, it can happen. We learnt a lot from the Australia series. We were 2-0 up and we thought we are going to win one out of three, but they showed more passion, more character and more determination than us. Australia enjoyed every moment which we took a lot of learning from. If you play anyone in the World Cup, you have to have that passion and that commitment.”

While talking about the India-Pakistan rivalry

“India-Pakistan is a very anticipated match but we keep saying that it’s very different for us from the way the fans look at it. You feel the anticipation of the fans when you enter the ground but as soon as you step on the field, it’s all professional. It’s a bowler trying to execute his skills and a batsman trying to execute his skills to the best of the potential. For us, it’s just another game that you need to win as a team. It brings pressure because the atmosphere is different but you feel it only till you start competing.”

When asked about England’s batting friendly wickets

“I feel 260-280 is going to be as difficult as to chase 380. I don’t see high-scoring games in the latter half of the tournament. You’ll see 250 defended as well. Not all teams are going to be at the same level. The fact that you are going to get closer to the knockout stage will have an impact as well. Teams would like to start in a balanced way and find their way in the game and then look to capitalise on the moment. I see pressure playing a massive factor in the second half.”

India set to play two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28 respectively.

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