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Virat Kohli prompts at a lot of experimentation ahead of the 2019 World Cup

The 28-year-old dynamic batsman revealed that the team will experiment constantly and the fans will have to embrace it.

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Following the Champion’s Trophy loss and the brief period of turmoil regarding the signing of a new coach, the Men in Blue has got the momentum back. First the Caribbean tour and now in the island nation of Sri Lanka, the Indian team has established why they are one of the most dominant forces to reckon. However, with the 2019 World Cup closing in, skipper Virat Kohli stated the to expect “a lot of changes” in the upcoming days as the team starts preparing on a roadmap for the mega event.

The 28-year-old dynamic batsman revealed that the team will experiment constantly and the fans will have to embrace it. There will be lots of changes and the permutations might not work out initially. But it’s all about perseverance till the team succeeds in finding the right balance ahead of the mega event. Kohli’s comments also come at an interesting time, when questions are being raised about the future of old warhorses Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh.

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Kohli heaps praise on Shikhar Dhawan

Following Team India’s decimation in the ODI series opener against Sri Lanka, the skipper said, “I think we need to start planning for the 2019 World Cup. You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We are taking that as a challenge and look to try out different things.”

Lauding opener Shikhar Dhawan for his blinder of an innings, Kohli added, “The last three months have been a great time for Shikhar. The good thing is that he is capitalizing on his purple patch. He can win you games with the way he bats and we would be looking to keep him in that zone for as long as we can.”

The Indian team will face Sri Lanka in the second of their five ODI match series at the Pallekele Stadium on August 24, Thursday.

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