Here's what Virat Kohli said prior to World Cup departure
India are ready to roar in the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup, set to be held in England from May 30. As they prepare to take a shot at their third title, they would start the proceedings from June 5 against South Africa. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, prior to the team's departure to England, Kohli termed this World Cup as the 'most challenging'.
Kohli expects high-scoring games
The recently concluded ODI series in England, involving Pakistan, saw a number of high-scoring games. It is evident the pitches are likely to stay flat during the World Cup, while Kohli predicted quite a few high-scoring games in the tournament. "We expect all kind of scores in the World Cup, but there would be few high scoring games looking at the predictions," he said.
Kohli believes handling pressure is the key
Kohli aims to do something for Indian Army
"You can take motivation from anywhere, when you talk about Indian Army, if we can do anything for them, it will be the best," Kohli added.
Shastri believes India have the potential to win World Cup
India coach Ravi Shastri, who too was a part of the press conference, said that the team needs to play to its potential to stand a chance to bring the World Cup home. "The pitches might be flat, in England overhead conditions will matter. If you go to London, it will. You have to be prepared to be flexible," he further added.
Shastri believes Dhoni will have a massive role to play
Kohli and Shastri firm on maintaining intensity throughout
Maintaining the intensity will play a huge factor for all the teams in this edition of the World Cup. Shastri stated that there is hardly any time to prepare accordingly to any specific team and the same intensity should be maintained throughout. "Will have to be prepared for the World Cup at the best of our abilities, shouldn't think about any opposition," Kohli concluded.