With the ICC Cricket World Cup just around the corner, the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli addressed the media before departing for the mega tournament.
Kohli shared that this will be one of the "most challenging" World Cups as teams such as Bangladesh and Afghanistan are on the rise and can outplay any team on a given day.
"Certainly most challenging World Cup considering the format of the tournament, also if you look at all the teams, they are really close. Even a team like Afghanistan has made much progress since 2015," said Kohli.
The 30-year-old added that the team will try to perform to the best of their capabilities and adapt as the tournament progresses. Head coach Ravi Shastri echoed Kohli's statement as he believes that the team's “flexibility” is the "mantra" for this edition of the World Cup.
Shastri also spoke about the combination of MS Dhoni and Kohli on the field as the experienced campaigners will have a massive role to play in India's success. He backed Dhoni to continue his "good run with the bat from the IPL into the mega event".
Before their first official game in the tournament against South Africa on June 5, the Indian team will face New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm up games on May 25 and May 28, respectively.
(Featured Image: Twitter/ Virat Kohli)
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