After facing a humiliating defeat in the ODI series against Australia, the Indian team is all set to think about all the right combinations that can be made before the World Cup.
The number four position is the only problem that the Men in Blue have been facing since a long time and even after the end of the five-match ODI series against the Aussies, Team India is still struggling to find a suitable name for that spot.
The loss has put the team under intense scrutiny with about a couple of months to go for the 2019 World Cup in England. However, the captain of the Indian team Virat Kohli is of the opinion that India still remains a strong side despite their upsetting performance in the recently concluded series and will be among the top contenders for the World Cup in England.
Kohli shared, “Honestly, every team at the World Cup is a threat. Anyone who gets on a roll at a World Cup, it is very, very difficult to stop that team. Having said that any team who is on a roll can be knocked out in the semis. They can be defeated immediately by a side that is braver on that particular day and wants it more and is more expressive as a side.”
A lot of experts and legends of the game have been saying that hosts England and the Men in Blue are the favorites to lift the highly prestigious trophy. The performances these teams have been giving in the recent past have made everyone realize that the finals can be played between these two sides.
But the Indian skipper has made it clear that no team is favorite for the World Cup. Any team on any given day can beat any other side, shared Virat.
Adding, “I don’t think any team starts the World Cup as favorites. 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 have been able to crack.”
“England has been tremendous in the recent past, Australia is now looking balanced, we are a strong side, New Zealand is good, Pakistan can defeat anyone on their day.”
The Men in Blue will start their World Cup campaign with a warm-up game against New Zealand on May 25th. The first game of the highly-prestigious trophy will be played on May 30th and the final will be contested on 14 July at Lord’s.
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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