ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India team profile

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_img Team Profile India are very confident about their form, captain Virat Kohli said on Tuesday before his squad depart for the 10-nation World Cup in England and Wales starting next week.”Personally, I think this is probably the most challenging World Cup of all the three that I’ve been part of, because of the format,” the 30-year-old Kohli told reporters in Mumbai ahead of the team’s departure.The World Cup will use a revised format to decide the semi-finalists, with the teams all playing each other in the round-robin stage.”We go into the World Cup feeling very balanced and confident. All our players have been in great form in the IPL,” Kohli said referring to the Indian Premier League which ended this month. The India squad will travel to England on Wednesday in their quest for a third World Cup title. They begin their campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.The 46-day event starts on May 30 and will conclude with the final at Lord’s in London on July 14.”Any team can beat any team … The gap is much closer now between teams,” India coach Ravi Shastri said.Strengths: Racing to big totals with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opening the innings and Kohli batting at No. 3, India is capable of beating any team on a good day. Has been at the top or close to the top of the rankings since the last World Cup and has a very balanced lineup, led by an in inspirational Kohli. India is the only team apart from Australia to win the Cricket World Cup title in 23 years. In Jasprit Bumrah leading the attack, India has the most in-form paceman in the world. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s swing will be crucial in conditions that should be ideal for movement through the air.advertisementWeaknesses: The Indian players will have to adapt quickly to pitch and climatic conditions which will be vastly different from the dry turning tracks where they’re so comfortable at home.(With Reuters/AP inputs)last_img read more