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This will be the most challenging World Cup, says Virat Kohli

MUMBAI: If you'd assume that every one the ones defeats whilst main the Royal Challengers Bangalore within the just-concluded IPL would have left him a bit of bit jaded, you almost certainly do not know Virat Kohli. Looking fresh and pumped up at the BCCI HQ for the pre-departure presser for the World Cup right here on Tuesday, the India captain, with trainer Ravi Shastri flanking him, seemed ready to play the questions thrown at him with a instantly bat.


While six instantly defeats within the first part of the IPL should've mentally tired him, additionally they appear to have added some wisdom within the 30-year-old. "The most important thing I learnt is that even if it is a must-win game, you can't think in your room the day before what might happen or what might not happen. You have to just arrive that day and do your skill to the best of your ability. You have to accept things the way they are, that is the biggest learning," he said philosophically.

It's no longer often that you listen him term one thing as "most challenging," but Kohli seemed absolutely conscious about the hurdles that stare India at the street to the World Cup trophy in England this summer time. From June 5, once they take on South Africa at Southampton, India will play 9 games (within the league stage) at the trot towards the arena's best 10 teams. In the past, the option of a quarterfinal may lend a hand a crew conquer an average show within the league stage. At the final World Cup in 2015, there was once an issue about how India's first actual giant check got here as overdue as within the semis towards Australia (which they lost), whilst they by no means performed England or hosts New Zealand.

"Personally, I feel, it is probably the most challenging World Cup of all the three that I have been a part of because of the format. (You can say that) looking at the strengths of all the sides as well. If you look at an Afghanistan from 2015 to now, they are a completely different side. Any team can upset anyone on their day. That's the one thing we have in mind," said Kohli.

India's first 4 games-they play the Aussies on June nine at The Oval in London, the Kiwis on June 13 at Nottingham, after which Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford-are all towards tricky opposition, but the global's very best batsman is obviously up for that roughly a challenge. "The best thing is we have four tough games straight up. It sets up things nicely. Everyone has to be at their best, gain intensity from the first match itself. You don't have any room for complacency. That's why it is the World Cup - the most important tournament in the world. We expect that kind of pressure from the first second," he said, earlier than asking his crew to take a leaf out of one of the crucial best football clubs of the planet.

"If you look at the top class football clubs in the world, in the Premier League or in the La Liga, they maintain their intensity for three to four months. If we get on a roll and we maintain our consistency we should be able to do it for a length of the tournament," he felt.

For that, the skipper is aware that his crew must be on its ft. "The focus will be to play the best cricket we can play and if we live up to our skills and our standards that we have set for ourselves, we will probably be on the right side of the results more often. That's going to be the key. You have to play every game to the best of your potential because it's not a group stage any more, it's just playing everyone. I think it's a great thing to have for any team. It's going to be a different challenge and something that every team will have to adapt to very quickly," summed up Kohli.

Seeing the way in which the batsmen made merry in England all through the hosts' ODI series towards Pakistan not too long ago, one expects high-scoring games within the World Cup. Kohli, on the other hand, nonetheless believes that bowlers will have a chance. "In the ICC tournaments, the pitches are going to be very good and it is summer in the UK, so the conditions are going to be nice as well. Yeah, we expect high scoring games but a bilateral series compared to a World Cup, is very different. You might see a lot of - I wouldn't say low-scoring games but - 260-270 kind of matches and teams getting those totals and defending them successfully because of the pressure factor," he said.

India will have to be a tad frightened in regards to the deficient type of Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who is going into his maiden World Cup after having been dropped by way of the Kolkata Knight Riders within the IPL, but Kohli's phrases should soothe the nerves of the young tweaker. "In hindsight if you look at it, someone like Kuldeep, who has had so much success, it is important to see a period when things don't go your way also and we are glad that it happened during the IPL rather than during the World Cup," Kohli said, earlier than putting religion within the bowler to dance back.

"So, he has time to reflect, time to correct things and come into the World Cup even stronger. We know the kind of skill set he possesses along with (Yuzvendra) Chahal. They are really the two pillars of our bowling line-up," praised the captain.

Similarly, the 30-year-old isn't too fazed by way of the abnormal firm that Kedar Jadhav confirmed for CSK earlier than he was once injured. "We understand the kind of pitches they (CSK) got while playing at home. We were not too worried about looking at Kedar."

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