Skipper Virat Kohli terms World Cup 2019 as ‘most challenging’, dismisses IPL fatigue

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The Team India skipper Virat Kohli has termed the ICC World Cup-2019 as most challenging and has also dismissed the questions raised on IPL fatigue.

Virat Kohli addressing the media, along with coach Ravi Shastri, ahead of the team’s departure for the ICC World Cup, which begins on May 30.

Kohli, who will be playing his third World Cup, said that this is the most challenging global tournament that he will be a part of due to the format. All ten teams will play a total of nine matches, against each of the other teams, and the top four from the points table will qualify for the semi-final. The ICC last used this format for the World Cup in 1992.

“This will be the most challenging World Cup out of the three I have been part of because of the format. It’s a different challenge and one that every team will have to adapt to.” said Kohli, whose team start their campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.

Kohli also spoke about the workload management issue during the IPL and said that all the players are well rested and in good form.

“The only expectation we have is to play good cricket. We go into the World Cup feeling very balanced and confident. All our players have been in great form in the IPL. Handling pressure is the most important thing in the World Cup and not necessarily the conditions. All our bowlers are fresh, no one looks fatigued,” the Indian captain added.

The recent ODI series between England and Pakistan produced big scores and Kohli suggested that he and his team are ready for high scoring games.

“We expect high-scoring games. With the summer in England the conditions will be nice.”

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