The Indian cricket team are in the process of traveling to England and getting ready to participate in the biggest ICC tournament of 2019: The ODI World Cup. India will play a couple of warm up matches on May 25 against New Zealand and May 28 against Bangladesh before they start their world cup campaign.
Captain Virat Kohli will be playing this third ICC World Cup but it will be the first time that he is captaining the side. India as usual go into the World Cup with huge expectations and Kohli is under a lot of pressure to bring the ICC Trophy back home.
Kohli Admits Pressure Is The Biggest Challenge
Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media before the team left for England. The Indian captain was brutally honest with the press and stated that while there were some great teams playing at this World Cup, he felt that India’s biggest challenge would be coping with the pressure and performing on match day.
In a statement, Kohli said “We go into the World Cup feeling very balanced very strong as a side. Pressure is the most important thing in the World Cup and not necessarily the conditions. If we live up to our skill sets and our standards that we set for ourselves, we’ll be on the right side of the result more often. That is going to be key. ”
Kohli will once again be a key man in the Indian batting line-up but it is his captaincy which will be under a lot of scrutiny. Virat Kohli had a poor run captaining the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 IPL and one wonders how that will impact his captaincy and decision making at the World Cup.
There are many who believe that vice-captain Rohit Sharma who won the 2019 IPL captaining the Mumbai Indians would have been a better choice. If India lose badly at the World Cup, don’t be surprised to see the captaincy change hands quickly!
Must Perform With Both Bat And Ball To Win
There is no doubt that India has a great bowling line-up and some believe the best bowling line-up in the competition with J Bumar, B Kumar, M Shami, K Yadav and Y Chahal. It is the batting which will be a cause for concern as the middle-order has failed repeatedly. India’s biggest threats come in the form of England, defending champs Australia and rivals Pakistan.