ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri Optimistic of India Winning the Showpiece Event, Will Dedicate Victory to Indian Soldiers
Team India skipper Virat Kohli is determined to win the upcoming 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played from 30th May to 14th July across England and Wales. The Indian skipper also added that if they win the coveted title, they will surely dedicate it to the Indian soldiers who are the reason why we can survive freely in our homes.
Kohli made these revelations on Tuesday during a press conference before Team India left for England to compete in the 12th edition of the World Cup. Meanwhile, the skipper hailed the services of Indian armed forces and said that they will the World Cup for them this time around.
“We will win the World Cup this time for Indian soldiers. You can get motivated from a lot of sources but I doubt there is any bigger motivation than the soldiers. You cannot compare the role played by you in comparison to the army.
If you proceed with the motivation that you want to achieve something for the army then there is nothing better than that. It may be the case that some players get motivation from their families, but we are sure to get extra motivation from the fact that we want to win the World Cup for the army,” the Indian skipper said.
The Indian skipper further added that rather than getting acclimatized to the conditions in England and Wales, the main plan to handle the expectations will be to remain calm in difficult situations. He added that more than the pitch and the condition the most important factor is handling the pressure at crucial junctures of the game.
“Handling pressure is the most important thing in the World Cup and not necessarily the conditions. All our bowlers are fresh, no one looks fatigued,” Virat Kohli said.
Meanwhile, head coach Ravi Shastri was optimistic that India can lift the 50 overs World Cup for the 3rd time in their history. However, he did agree that the No 2 ODI team in the world won’t take any team lightly and will look to take it one game at a time.
“World Cup might be a stage but the stage is to be enjoyed. If we play to our potential then the trophy might be back here. It’s a strong competition, even Bangladesh and Afghanistan are much stronger than in 2015,” said Shastri.
The former Indian all-rounder ad the current head coach of India also feels that MS Dhoni could play a massive role in ensuring India wins their 3rd World Cup. “Dhoni has a massive role. There is no one better than him in this format especially in those little moments which can change the game. He will be a big player in this World Cup,” he said.
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