It seems Virat Kohli has already set his eyes on the World Cup.
The Indian skipper has reportedly told his bowlers to skip the cash-rich Indian Premier League in 2019 and keep their bodies fresh for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
Kohli wants all his frontline seamers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and others who are most likely to get picked up in the squad for cricket’s mega event. This was one of the suggestions made by the 30-year-old cricketer to the Committee of Administrators (COA) in a recent meeting.
The meeting was also attended by Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, head coach of the Indian team Ravi Shastri and also the chief selector MSK Prasad.
The upcoming 2019 World Cup in England will start on May 30 with the final being played on July 14, while the Indian Premier League will commence from March 29 and will go on to run till the third week of May.
If Kohli’s suggestion is accepted by the team’s management, then IPL franchise Mumbai Indians could lose the services of Hardik Pandya and pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
But one thing that needs to be understood that no such request has been made to the batsmen of the Indian cricket team.
The Men in Blue are not the only one to take such a drastic step as players from England and Australia will be playing only till April 30 this IPL as their respective boards will be calling them for the preparatory camps that would be set up for the cricket’s star-studded event.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar