“The World Cup 2019 is going to be a high-scoring one”, says Virat Kohli
“They seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else,” said Virat Kohli while pointing to his English counterpart Eoin Morgan, who sat next to him. At present, England hold the record of highest One-Day International (ODI) score – 481 for six, which was scored against Australia last year. Considering the England batsmen and their play, the World Cup 2019 is expected to be far better.
Kohli, who’ll lead India for the first time ever in a 50-over ICC World Cup agreed that it’s going to be a high-scoring tournament, although he doesn’t see many high-scoring games in the latter stages of the tournament, “Not all the teams are going to be in a great position (in the latter half). The ones who have to make sure that they get the result are going to be under pressure to chase even a small total. The fact that you are going to be close to a knockout berth will get you under pressure in the latter stages and all teams recognize that.”
Australian Captain Aaron Finch, who was also a part of the 2015 World Cup winning squad picked India and England as the teams to watch out, although it’s going to be a highly competitive tournament with all teams playing each other at least once. With Kohli not hesitating to call hosts England the “strongest” side, Finch seemed to agree with the statement.
The marquee clash of the mega event will be on 16th June when India take on arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford.
Kohli and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed were asked how they will approach the high-pressure game, to which Kohli said, “For us it is just another game you need to win as a team. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different and you only experience that till the time you start competing in the game. As soon as you get into it, it is a game of cricket for all of us.” Sarfaraz nodded in agreement.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson states that while many expect a bagful of runs in the World Cup, bowlers are bound to come into play at some point. He speaks how bowling is equally important as batting and has no doubt about venues being more suited to the bowlers as well.
The Indian Captain, on the other hand, expects the teams to be more cautious as the tournament progresses.
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