Virat Kohli taking motivation from Indian Army ahead of World Cup 2019
Kohli said that the team will try to win the coveted cup from the inspiration they get from the Indian Army.
Updated - May 23, 2019 8:56 am
Team India are one of the favourites to win the upcoming World Cup 2019, set to be played in England and Wales from May 30. The Men in Blue are one of the most dominating teams in world cricket at the moment and will be looking to make most of it. With players like skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami at their disposal, India are more than capable of beating any team in the competition.
Unsurprisingly, the expectations are sky high from Kohli & Co. The team left for England on Wednesday night (May 22), hoping to win the coveted title for this cricket-obsessed nation. India has so far won two World Cups and can become just the second team after Australia to win the trophy thrice. The two-time champions will start their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa. Before the main event, India will also play two warm-up games – against New Zealand on May 25 and against Bangladesh on May 28.
Kohli’s tribute to Indian Army
Ahead of the all-important World Cup, Kohli won millions of hearts with his comments on the Indian Army. The India superstar spoke on the motivation that the players get from the army before saying that the team will try their best to win the World Cup for the jawans and their families.
“You get motivation from a lot of sources, the point mentioned here is a very big one. I don’t think there can be a bigger motivation than that. When you talk about the Indian Army, the role that they play for the country, there is no comparison with that,” Kohli told reporters on Tuesday (May 21).
“If we go in with that motivation that we can do something for the Army, you will see a different level of passion coming out of us. But that also depends on a lot of other factors. Every individual has a different motivation while playing in the World Cup. I think if everyone keeps the Indian Army in mind then we will get an extra boost from it,” he added.
This is the second time in recent months, Kohli has shown his passion and love for the army. In March this year, Kohli and his men donned special Army caps during the third ODI against Australia as a tribute to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack. The team members had also donated their match fees for the families of the martyrs.