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No cap on IPL matches for World Cup-bound players, insists Virat Kohli

BENGALURU: "You cannot put a cap on anything," said India captain Virat Kohli, insisting that no instructions had been issued to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises when it comes to workload control of World Cup-bound players.

However, the Indian captain expects his teammates to be sensible sufficient to manage their workload sooner than the mega tournament beginning May 30.

"If I'm able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn't necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest," Kohli, who will be main RCB in the IPL, said all over the launch of an app.

"Someone else's body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don't want to miss out on such a big event."

Kohli said that it is as much as individual players to take care of the issue to keep their body have compatibility and be in competition for a spot in the World Cup-bound squad.

"From a responsibility point of view, all the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workloads," he said.

"And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team - strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind."

World Cup successful former India coach Gary Kirsten feels that IPL would serve as just right preparation for the Indian players forward of the World Cup.

"We do understand all the international players, apart from the Indians, will be called back to their internationals teams anyway through the IPL," Kirsten said.

"We have to simply accept there's now not much we can do about that. We understand the calls for that a global player has. We'll be very fair in that space.

"If you get yourself match-ready all over the IPL, that's going to carry you in actually just right stead all over the World Cup. I believe it's an advantage to the Indian players, in truth. Because the IPL is this kind of pressurised tournament, it's nice preparation for the World Cup," the previous South African opener added.

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