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It's too early to talk about semis, says Virat Kohli

LONDON: Two played in opposition to two main groups and both gained. India have made a robust remark early on within the World Cup. Before the action began, India were one of the fancied groups, however it is something to be a paper favourite and completely another to live as much as that tag.


India, the remaining to play their first sport within the match, were scheduled to clash with stronger groups first of all. They have proved equivalent to the task, beating South Africa and Australia on the trot. If it used to be an incisive bowling performance at Southampton in opposition to the Proteas, the batting got here to the fore in opposition to Australia on Sunday.

Is the path to the semifinals more straightforward now? Captain Virat Kohli would quite hang his horses. "I think it's too early to decide that. I think after about six games we'll be in a better position to know where we stand in the tournament," Kohli mentioned after the Australia match. He added, "We couldn't have asked for a better start against two strong sides."

Kohli saw positives in taking part in the extra fancied groups early within the match. "The good thing is we're playing all strong sides upfront, so if we do well in the first phase, we'll be in a better position to reach the semifinals. From that point of view, we have to be at the top of our game and that's precisely what we've done in the two games."

Kohli printed that the win over Australia used to be particularly fulfilling as the group used to be hurting from the house collection loss to them not too long ago. "We were more motivated to win because of the fact that we lost the series in India after being 2-0 up."

Skipper feels all departments functioned efficiently

The Indian batting line-up clicked beautifully at the Oval, setting up an enormous target which proved too daunting for Aaron Finch and Co. Kohli said the bright batting effort but in addition praised the other facets of India's sport.

"I couldn't have asked for a better game in all three departments. We set the tone the way we wanted to with the bat upfront, getting a very good opening partnership. I got runs, Hardik played outstandingly well, MS played his role perfectly, KL struck the ball so beautifully. From that point of view, I think we played a really good One-day game, something that any team would want to do."

Chasing 350-plus, Australia's process used to be made tougher via the top collection of dot balls India managed to ship. Kohli gave the credit score to having strike bowlers in his line-up. "In One-day cricket, when you have strike bowlers, you will have dot balls because the batsmen give respect to a guy who can get you out."

Talking about the promotion of Hardik Pandya within the batting order, Kohli printed historical past had a job to play within the choice. "The communique used to be if I get out, MS (Dhoni) will are available to keep watch over that one end, and if the other man will get out, Hardik would step in. The communique got here from the management that mentioned let's ship Hardik and check out and capitalise on this (the nice get started) as a result of remaining time we played right here in opposition to Sri Lanka we got 330 and we still misplaced the game.

"And then Hardik mentioned to me within the middle that if I'm there at one end, it offers him the freedom to strike from ball one, and he sought after to strike at 200. That used to be his plan, and then MS got here in and he did the same job beautifully. The management understood that this can be a phase the place we could get those extra runs, and so they just sent Hardik. I feel that used to be a very, superb plan," the skipper mentioned.

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