I Don’t Think Any Team Starts World Cup As Favourites – Virat Kohli
To many of us, hosts England and India starts the ICC World Cup 2019 as favourites. However, according to Indian skipper Virat Kohli no team starts the quadrennial event as favourites. Kohli believes any team can beat any side on their given day. England has played some quality cricket in the recent past so has the Indian team.
On the other hand, Kohli believes Australia is also looking balanced after their series win of 3-2. Furthermore, the West Indies can cause some upsets in the ODI showpiece. The Windies had surprised England and had won two ODI matches against them. Moreover, New Zealand and South Africa have also played consistently in the recent past.
Kohli believes every team will be a threat in the mega event.
“Honestly, every team at the World Cup is a threat. Anyone who gets on a roll at a World Cup, it’s very, very difficult to stop that team,” Kohli said in the press conference after the ODI series conclusion in Delhi. “Having said that, any team who’s on a roll can be knocked out in the semis… they can be defeated immediately by a side that’s braver on that particular day and wants it more and is more expressive as a side.”
Meanwhile, Kohli refuses to brand any team as a favourite in the World Cup. However, the momentum is going to play a key role in the big event like the World Cup. In fact, the teams will need to be at their best in the knockout stages as even a small error in the field can be the difference between a win and the loss.
“I don’t think any team starts the World Cup as favourites. Any team is dangerous. You see how the West Indies has come along. They are going to be a serious threat at the World Cup as well because of the balance that they’ve been able to crack.
“England has been a very strong side, Australia is now looking balanced, we are a strong side, New Zealand is good, Pakistan can defeat anyone on their day,” Kohli continued.
On the other hand, the World Cup will begin with hosts England taking on South Africa at Kennington, Oval in London on 30 May. Meanwhile, India will kick off their World Cup campaign on 5 June at Southampton against the Proteas. India has covered most of the bases in their team but they would like to find a solution to their middle order conundrum.
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