05 June 2019
Bhubaneswar: India is set to take on South Africa in its maiden World Cup 2019 match today at 3 PM IST at the Rose Bowl, also known as The Ageas Bowl located in Southampton.
Captain Virat Kohli speaking about the tournament in a presser yesterday, said, "We are just happy to start playing. There is a bit of an advantage in understanding how the games have gone (watching the tournament from the sidelines). There is a lot to learn about to composure which we have seen. Teams with composure and making better decisions have had success and it's important for a tournament like a World Cup."
Speaking on the present conditions in England, Kohli said, "Cloud cover is different in England as opposed to having the sun out. With two new balls and good batting conditions, an extra seamer will be handy with cloud cover and if pitch has something to offer."
"It will definitely be challenging for the batsman with early start and we have planned accordingly," he added.
The India skipper also felt that his team has learnt from the mistakes of the 2017 Champions Trophy when they lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in the final and the captain has said that introducing wrist spinners in the side was a step in that direction.
"The lessons from the Champions Trophy - is to play the cricket we know how to play. In the final, the better side won. We have plugged the gaps. We brought in wrist spinners to take wickets in the middle overs. We are a stronger side than Champions Trophy side."
The 30-year-old also expressed confidence in his team and said they have a good chance of winning their group stage games.
"The first week has been a gradual progress. A couple of lopsided games, a couple of one-sided games. There is a lot to learn about composure. The teams that are more composed have better chances of winning games, have better chances of handling pressure," the Indian skipper expressed.
The Indian Squad consists of,
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain)
Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja
Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Keeper), Dinesh Karthik (Keeper)
Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal