Indian team for World Cup

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NEW DELHI: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has said the 2019 Cricket World Cup will be the most challenging of all the 3 World Cups he has played so far. Kohli, who is now the India captain, was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2011 and a key player in 2015 when India reached the semifinals.

Hours before Team India’s departure for England for the World Cup, Virat Kohli said it was important to be as normal as possible in the World Cup and explained why the format would be a challenge.

“This will probably the most challenging World Cup out of all the World Cups I have been part of looking at the format. The focus will be to play the best cricket we can play. If we do that, we will be on the right side of the result every time,” Kohli told the media on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli said it was important for his team to try and stay as normal as possible.

“Try and be as normal as possible. The team which stays more focussed and balanced will progress in the tournament,” he said.

Virat Kohli said he expected conditions in England to favour high-scoring matches but added there will be games where teams would be able to defend scores of 260 and 270.

India will start their World Cup campaign with a fexture against South Africa on June 5. They will play warm-up matches on May 25 and 28 against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively.

Indian squad:

Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chaal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), KL Rahul and Ravindra Jedeja. Coach is Ravi Shastri.