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World Cup 2019 gears up for Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and India

first_imgThe 2019 Cricket World Cup got underway on May 30. Plenty has happened since. West Indies announced their intentions with a bullying victory over Pakistan. Pakistan bounced back after a shambolic defeat to stun England and David Warner endured booing to steer Australia to victory over a gutsy Afghanistan.In short, it has been a gripping first week at the 2019 World Cup. Yet, the game’s biggest superstars have not yet arrived on the park. India will begin their campaign on Wednesday at Southampton against South Africa who are reeling from defeats to England and Bangladesh and the loss of Dale Steyn to a shoulder injury.It has been a strange build-up for the Indians in the lead-up to this World Cup. In 2015, India had spent months in Australia before storming to the semifinals. The 2011 World Cup was played at home which India won. 2019 has been a different story.While most other teams played intense internationals and spent enough time together to gear up, India played their last ODI on March 13. India have since only played the Indian Premier League and then two warm-up matches, one of which they lost.All geared up – @imVkohli & Co. not willing to take South Africa lightly ahead of World Cup opener #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/pD6I3YEEViBCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2019But Virat Kohli is far from worried. His bowlers are in top shape. The openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – did not get many runs in the warm-ups but these two men always get in the groove in big tournaments. Virat Kohli is never far away from an impact innings – the top 3 are therefore not much cause for concern.advertisementWhat could worry India is their middle-order. After some sweating and worrying, India seem to have zeroed in on KL Rahul for the No.4 spot but Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar could still give him a run for his money.Then there are the likes of MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Japsprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami who select themselves.India are the rockstars of world cricket. They have been among the most dominant teams in World Cups this century. They reached the final in 2003 and won the tournament in 2011 after being knocked out of the group stages in 2007. In 2015, India reached the semifinals before losing to Australia. Again.In 2019, almost every expert believes India and England will play the final provided both teams play to their potential.India have a huge fan following in England. They love playing in England as was evident in the Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017. When India play, the cricket world watches in awe.Indeed, India struggled in England last year when they lost the ODI and the Test series but they are a different team in ICC events.In 2013, India reached the final of the Champions Trophy and won. In 2014, India made it to the final of the T20 World Cup and lost. In 2015 and 2016, India reached the finals of the 50-over and T20 World Cups. In 2017, India reached the final of the Champions Trophy. That’s staggering consistency.No wonder then, fans expect the world from India in England this year. And, they will turn up in numbers to cheer for the team across England. Indians from India and from the world over have landed up in England to make it a party to remember for the ages.Also Read | India in their World Cup openers: 5 wins and 6 defeatsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India confident of defending any total, feels Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more