Team India reached England, Virat Kohli sends important message

Team India reached England, Virat Kohli sends important message

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others were spotted at Mumbai International Airport as team India departs for ICC CWC 2019.

"I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it's been so long since we've had an opportunity to win one", said Bairstow.

Kohli, 30, has scored more than 19,000 runs across all formats of the worldwide game and shone during India's tour of England past year, despite defeats in the Test and ODI series for the visitors.

"We play them (opposing batsmen) twice in the IPL and you know their weaknesses, you know their strengths, you know if they can't run between the wickets - you get an extra bit of inside information". "When you put that all together it does feel like you've prepared well and that we have done some really good things, some really important things coming into the tournament".

London: World Cup hosts England will kick-start the tournament with everything seemingly in place to finally win a trophy that has eluded them for the competition's entire 44-year history.

Agreeing that bowling units will have a big job at hand, Du Plessis said, "Not all teams are going to be in a great position". They've already got a steely edge about them and buddying up to their biggest rival a week before the tournament starts won't help them when they need a killer instinct in the the World Cup.

Back-up spinner Joe Denly also missed out, with Morgan saying: "I spoke to Dave and Joe last night and obviously said longer term, with the length of the tournament we are likely to get injuries - they are next in line, no doubt about that".

"He's just a great athlete and I'm sure the England team will be delighted to have him and he will be exciting to watch at the World Cup".

While far from alone, the Black Caps' preparation for this this pinnacle tournament could hardly be described as ideal.

The marquee clash of the mega event will be on June 16 when India takes on Pakistan at Old Trafford.

'I have seen him come through the IPL over the last couple of years and he's played all round the world and done well so there's a reason why he's been fast-tracked into playing for England in the World Cup. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different.

This was in keeping with the tenor of the England chat overall, with Kohli and Aaron Finch, the Australia captain, citing the hosts as pacesetters. "We always produce good performances so hopefully this will be a special one".

"Did he say that?"

"England seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else, " Kohli said.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, however, can not afford to get distracted by the hype around the Manchester match-up as he seeks consistency from a notoriously fickle side. "It's going to be a different challenge and it's something every team would be looking forward to", he said.

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