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The warm-up games gave a general idea to the teams about the weather conditions and pitch they’ll be dealing with during the ICC World Cup 2019. These practice matches helped the teams to analyse their situations in the mega event going to be from May 30.
The unpredictable English weather, though, gave a good start to New Zealand. In their first match against India, the Black Caps throttled the Indian batsmen with their pace and swing. In fact, the one bowler who brought the whole team down on their knees, Trent Boult used his pace against the best batsmen of opponents.
The Kiwi spearhead Boult believes that Indian batting sensation, Virat Kohli is one of the most difficult batsmen to get out. Boult said that the best is to get him out in the early stage as it’s difficult to notice his mistakes.
According to him, the idea is to make use of the English conditions fully. Boult believes in fighting fire with fire and not holding back against the competition thrown at one’s face.
Boult believes relying on one’s own strength and remaining aggressive against Kohli, will definitely be helpful to get him out.
“Yeah, you got to remain aggressive against Virat and look to get him out because the mistake he makes are very few and far between. Doesn’t look to give his wicket away. It is important to start well and put pressure on him early and make sure he is under pressure and doesn’t get off to an easy start,” he explained.
Boult feels it as unfair to rate the quality players entering in the tournament
With unpredictable weather and the best players entering in the competition, this World Cup is going to be the most interesting. The quality cricket players will be looking forward to showcasing their skills and make records on cricket’s biggest stage.
However, it doesn’t sit well with Boult to rate the fine batsmen such as David Warner, Steven Smith and Joe Root among the others. Although felt excited about challenging these batsmen past their limits in the big tournament.
“During the Champions Trophy a few years back, it was very batsman friendly. But I am hoping the ball will swing around a little bit and we can take wickets with the new ball. You cannot control the weather. Time will tell and it will be interesting and we have the balance in the squad to counter any challenge,” he said.
Boult conceded that this World Cup will be everyone’s tournament, especially with ten chances to make it to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, India and Australia are tagged as the best challengers of the tournament based on their recent performances. But given the way team India stumbled down to figures lower than 200s, nothing could be said for sure. New Zealand will head into the World Cup 2019 on June 1 against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.