For Virat Kohli, win in Australia was nothing short of a World Cup title triumph
India playing their first game on June 5 and Kohli is aiming the bull’s eye.
Published - May 17, 2019 5:32 pm | Updated - May 17, 2019 5:32 pm
Virat Kohli has achieved feats as the captain of India that none of his predecessors has. From beating South Africa in South Africa in limited-over formats to trouncing Australia in a Test series Down Under – Kohli’s milestones have given India’s cricketing achievements new heights. Now, the 30-year-old ace batsman is looking forward to adding yet another feather to his invaluable crown and it is about winning the ICC World Cup.
The mega tournament is set to kick off on May 30 with India playing their first game on June 5 and Kohli is aiming the bull’s eye. Taking fresh impetus from the 2-1 win Down Under this January, Kohli recently said that lifting a cup in Australia is something at par with winning the World Cup. India has been touring Australia in Test series since 1947-48 but never could win a series there and could at most draw a few.
“I would put the win in Australia at par with the World Cup. Look, you cannot place a World Cup win below anything else. It is a global tournament, and the significance and the charm of the tournament is something else. It is always going to be the most important tournament in world cricket. But if you look at the challenges that Test cricket brings if you look at the fact that we had never ever done something like this in Australia before, then this becomes supremely significant too,” Kohli was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Kohli will be appearing in his third WC this year after the 2011 and 2015 editions and first time as the captain. He made a hundred on debut at the World Cup (versus Bangladesh in 2011) and went on to become the member of a WC-winning side in his very first time. In 2015, India fell at the penultimate hurdle as they were beaten squarely by defending champions Australia. Kohli fell cheaply in that game. And now, it is time to make amends.
Captain-coach rapport has helped India, feels Shastri
India is being considered among the strong contenders for this year’s trophy after hosts and world No.1 team England and Indian coach Ravi Shastri believes one of the reasons for the team’s success has been his rapport with Kohli. Shastri himself is also a member of India’s World Cup-winning team (1983).
As per Shastri, the transformation in Kohli as a batsman came when he hit a series of hundreds in Australia when India toured the country in 2014-15. “When he got those four hundreds, you could see a sudden desire in him to strive for absolute perfection, without cutting any corners. The idea was simple: there was going to be no room for excuses, nothing at all,” Shastri was quoted as saying.