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'Driven to be best, Virat Kohli can lead India to World Cup win'


NEW DELHI: Former Australian cricketer Simon Katich believes a mixture of adolescence and experience in a well-balanced Indian squad will work for the two-time champions within the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, starting May 30 in England and Wales.

While England are favourites at house and Australia glance to shield the coveted identify, Katich feels India, below the captaincy of Virat Kohli, can be some of the sturdy identify contenders within the quadrennial match.


“I don’t wish to write Virat (Kohli) off. He has led India to a maiden Test collection win in Australia. He is exceptional as a skipper,” Katich advised Timesofindia.com in an unique interview.

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The 2019 edition can be Kohli’s 3rd World Cup and primary as captain. He was a part of the victorious India group which won the World Cup in 2011 and was also a part of the 2015 edition, where the MS Dhoni-led aspect misplaced to Australia within the semifinals. Can Virat add a 2d World Cup identify and his first as captain to his resume?

“There is without a doubt he (Kohli) is driven to be the most productive as a pacesetter and as a player. I won’t be shocked if he achieves that goal with quality players within the Indian squad,” Katich said.

India have picked a 15-member squad which boasts of skilled players like Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan whilst kids equivalent to Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav have already emerged as important cogs within the aspect.


Australia, the 2015 champions in the meantime can be led through Aaron Finch within the 2019 edition. The aspect can be strengthened through their two star batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith's go back after serving one-year bans, due to their role within the ball-tampering scandal all the way through the Newlands Test against South Africa closing year.


“I consider they (Australia) have were given a lot of confidence after winning the ODI collection against Pakistan. I do know it will be a problem because there are a variety of giant groups within the World Cup,” Katich said.


With a cast batting line-up and an overall well balanced group, England are being tagged as the massive favourites. They have never won the ICC ODI World Cup, however may well be in high place this time to damage that jinx.


“England are a tough opponent when enjoying in England. India, Pakistan and South Africa are the opposite tricky warring parties within the World Cup. I wish to want them the entire success,” Katich signed off.


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