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“We go into the World Cup feeling extremely balanced” – Virat Kohli


Indian skipper Virat Kohli thinks pressure management in a match will decide the winner in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

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Kohli believes that handling pressure is more important than the conditions or other things. “White-ball cricket, playing in England, playing an ICC competition, the conditions are not excessively unique or that troublesome I would state, compared to Test cricket,” Kohli said in Mumbai before flying to England for the World Cup campaign. “Pressure is the most significant thing in the World Cup and not really the conditions. Starting there of view, it will be useful. Also, every one of the bowlers that are in the squad, even during the IPL they were setting themselves up to be in the zone for 50-over cricket.

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Also, in the event that you saw the folks bowling – nobody looked worn out or exhausted after bowling four overs. They were very fresh. The outlook or a definitive objective is to be fit for the 50-over format and not let their fitness come down and that was conveyed before the IPL began. We go into the World Cup feeling extremely balanced very strong as a side. You found in the IPL too, every one of the players that are in the squad were in extraordinary form and played actually well.”

Kohli also insisted that this World Cup will be the most exciting and challenging of all time because of the format. The format for the tournament will be a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-final. “[It’s] surely the most challenging World Cup, thinking about the format. Additionally, if you take a gander at all the teams, they are actually close,” the 30-year old batsman said. “Indeed, even somebody like Afghanistan have gained such a great amount of progress since 2015. Each game, we should play to the best of our potential.”

The star batsman also expressed his opinion about the advantage of this year’s World Cup format. “The good thing is that there’s a decent gap between every game. Players won’t be burnt out. We’ll always have time to regroup”, he said.

India will play two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and May 28 before they start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2 in Southampton.

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