Australia’s tour of India is set to begin this Sunday. The two teams will battle in 2 T20Is before the 5-ODI series. The first T20I will be played in Visakhapatnam. Indian skipper Virat Kohli interacted with the media a day prior to the game. He talked about India’s preparations for the World Cup and the expectations from the IPL.
The workload of Indian players in the IPL before the World Cup is a major concern right now. Kohli has urged all the players in contention to be wary of the bad habits that IPL brings with it. He wants the players to take care of the workload by themselves and be fresh for the mega event in England and Wales.
“All the people who are going to be part of the World Cup squad, they have to make sure that their games don’t go too much away from the one-day mould of things. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL. From a personal point of view, I would look to continue in the same way that I have in all formats over the years and not do anything fancy because as I said, frame of mind is the most important thing getting into the World Cup.
“We need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy about where their game is at that particular moment. That will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment we enter the nets and create bad habits, and you lose momentum, you lose batting form, it is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup. So from that point of view, everyone will have to protect that mindset and be aligned towards what the team requires of them,” said Virat Kohli.
More or less sorted for the World Cup, reckons Kohli
Team India, at the moment, seems to have the plans for the World Cup well in place. They have a settled squad and most of the players simply walk into the line-up. However, the Men in Blue would look at options for just a couple of places. That’s why Kohli insisted that there could be experimentation during the Australia series.
“We’re more or less sorted (with our World Cup plans). But through the course of the series, you might see something which might surprise you as a team and which you might want to change immediately. But those are things that are upon how circumstances come in front of you. As of now, we feel pretty balanced as a side and I don’t see any concerns or areas that we need to think about anymore. Everything is more or less sorted,” opined Virat Kohli.