Maxwell intense on being a containing bowler

Glenn Maxwell Aussies all-rounder has opened up about his role with the ball, saying that he is not deterred about getting hit as long as he’s delivering the right kind of balls. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling acts of their favorite players in this year’s contest. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Maxwell intense on being a containing bowler
Maxwell intense on being a containing bowler

Maxwell has begun to take on a more protuberant role with the ball recently, as showed during Aussies’ ODI series in India and in the UAE against Pakistan, where he bowled 64 overs across nine innings. He is now set to be a key supporting option at the CWC19.

Spinner Adam Zampa will be Aussies’s first excellent expert rotator, and with Maxwell in the form of his life with the bat, he is likely to be Aussies’s go to the subordinate spinner, with his off-spin, which could leave no room for Nathan Lyon.

“Try not to get hit for six most of the time,” Maxwell said teasingly on his role with the ball. “For me, I suppose, a lot of the time that I bowl, I just try to limit the border balls. As long as I’m doing that, if they hit some good shots off my bowling, I’m not too deterred. If I’m limiting the boundary balls and giving myself the best accidental to squeeze a few dot balls, bowl a couple of tight overs, it might create a bit of pressure at the other end.”

I have prospects on myself to finish off matches and be the guy who stands up there at the end of the match and making sure that we win the match. Glenn Maxwell

Next, to the India and UAE tours, Maxwell went over to England in its place of IPL and used the time to ready himself for the CWC and the Ashes series that follows it. His county spell included six Lists A match with Lancashire at the One-Day Cup, in which he took eight wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 5.62: pretty handy numbers for a part-time spinner.

“I think it’s vital for me to just bowl in a partnership with someone,” he said. “That’s perhaps the clearness I have in my role, and it’s something I did a bit in Dubai [against Pakistan] and India, and started to get a few more overs, a bit more consistency… To have that continue into my time at Lancashire, where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm, you get that feel of the ball coming out consistently. You need that as a part-time bowler, to have that consistency of time at the crease and get a few of the cobwebs out, I suppose.”

Maxwell has also added layers to his batting, presentation an element of calculation that was before missing. In 13 ODIs this year, Maxwell has made 458 runs, averaging 41.63 – markedly higher than his career average of 33.33 – and striking at 126.51. He indicated that his role at the CWC would require him to show more such flexibility.

“I supposing my role in the side is to adapt to whatever start we have, whether it be we get off to a flyer or we’ve lost a few early wickets. It’s just to adapt to whatever I get thrown into,” he said.

I just want to have an impact on games in a really positive way and be able to control the back end.

“I have expectations on myself to finish off games and be the guy who’s standing there at the end of the game and making sure that we win the game.”

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Skippers guess most closely fought CWC ever

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is officially up and running and all ten captains are anticipating ‘the best tournament in history’. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Captains meet the press one week before the tournament starts with England against South Africa. World number one hosts are the team to watch, according to visiting skippers

The Film Shed in London’s trendy east end played host to the official captain’s media launch of the 2019 tournament on Thursday afternoon.

And with hosts England kicking off the tournament in exactly a week’s time at the Oval against South Africa, the time for talking is almost over.

All ten teams will play each other in a new-look round-robin stage, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals – a change in format that makes this year’s edition more competitive than ever.

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

And Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli, and the ten tournament skippers can’t wait to get started, with a series of warm-up matches scheduled around the country in the next week.

England skipper Morgan said: “I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else.

“These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it. Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket.”

It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid.

“We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now.”

India skipper Virat Kohli added: “England in their conditions is the most strong side in this tournament.

“But all the teams so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play everyone once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen.”

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

Once it gets underway particularly against England and further on for the Ashes. The crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world.

“We have plans in place for that, and their squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic.”

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is hoping to become the first man to lead the Proteas to a World Cup crown, after four semi-final appearances.

“We are all really excited to try out this new tournament, to play every once I think is great,” he said.

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side.

“I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball.”

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed – who led Pakistan when they won the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017 – is feeling confident.

“All the teams are really balanced. I think people are going to watch some great cricket,” he said.

Since winning the World Cup in 1992, making the final in 1999 here in England and the Champions Trophy in 2017, we go well in England so we are confident we will do well and challenge.

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

New Zealand was runners up four years ago and skipper Kane Williamson hopes his Black Caps side can go one better.

He said: “There are a few guys in the squad from the last World Cup which is great.”

But four years in between means there are a lot of new players.

“There has been of talk about rankings, favorites, underdogs but what stands out is how balanced it is. Which means anything can happen on the day which is so exciting.”

West Indies skipper Jason Holder added: It’s a very exciting format. In the past, you could play five or six games, and that could be it.

To play every side is great for us. We worked hard with the qualifiers to get here, which means it is the top ten in the world, we want to play them all and give ourselves a shot.

“The team that wins will definitely deserve it.”

Sri Lanka’s new captain Dimuth Karunaratne said: We have great experience in England, we came here early to get used to the conditions and we are in good shape, hoping to do our best.

“It is not going to be easy though. We are confident and taking it each game one by one.”

Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever
Skippers guess most closely fought CWC19 ever

Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib added: “We are excited to be here, in front of the cricket world and to play the best teams.

To present Afghanistan to the world is great and we are looking forward to it.

“There will be a huge audience at home in all the different provinces. Cricket is not just a sport now, in Afghanistan it has become something else.”

And finally Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his side can spring a surprise.

We have got a great bunch of boys, a good mix of seniors and juniors coming on.

Cricket is a game that anyone on their day can beat anybody. If we start well we can hang in there.

“We are confident that we can go well, but a lot depends on the start.”

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Shane Williams to Welcome the CWC to Cardiff at the Ultimate Delivery

The day before the first CWC game at Cardiff Wales Stadium, the city is playing host to a unique giant cricket hook relay and are calling for members of the community cricket and sporting followers alike to take part in this unique festivity event. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Shane Williams to Welcome the CWC to Cardiff at the Ultimate Delivery
Shane Williams to Welcome the CWC to Cardiff at the Ultimate Delivery

The CWC is calling on the people of Cardiff to come and get complicated in a giant cricket relay on 31 May in the festivity of the first match of the tournament in Cardiff the following day.

Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams to take part in the record-breaking relay and support contestants along the way.

‘The Final Delivery’ will be hosted by CWC ambassador and Welsh rugby legend, Shane Williams. Freshly returned from taking part in the ‘Everest Rugby Challenge’ where he set a world record for the maximum match of rugby ever played, Shane is looking to break another record but in the sport of cricket: the world record for the longest cricket relay.

Starting at Cardiff Central Train Station the official game ball will go around to the Millennium Stadium, flight on the water taxi to Cardiff Bay, work its way through the Urdd Eisteddfod, catch a rickshaw back into town, pass through the arcades, up the High Street, into the Castle and out to Bute Park, journey the River Taff and inward into Cardiff Wales Stadium to be received by representatives of the New Zealand and Sri Lanka cricket sides.

Members of the public, cricket clubs, schools, and the general public will help deliver the ball as it passes along the route.

On arrival at Cardiff Wales Stadium there will be a celebration event where our Ultimate Delivery fielders can test their cricket skills, have their photo taken with the CWC trophy and have the chance to meet Shane Williams and Glamorgan County Cricket Club, players.

Rugby legend, Shane Williams said: “I am really excited to be taking part in The Ultimate Delivery and testing out my cricketing skills. I hope we can get as many people of Cardiff as possible to take part, set another record and have some great fun. What a great celebration for the CWC coming to Cardiff and Wales.”

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Peter Bradbury, said, Cardiff, is hugely proud to be welcoming the CWC to the city and to have the ball arriving in this record-breaking style with The Final Delivery will be a great knowledge for all those intricate.

“Cardiff has a strong sporting and cricket heritage and we hope ‘The Ultimate Delivery’ event will engage both the local community and traveling supporters of the Cricket World Cup. We look forward to welcoming sports fans of all ages to take part, creating a truly memorable event for the entire city,” he concluded.

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Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches

Aussies’ fast bowlers have been gearing up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a particular training drill. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches
Aussies training on exact skills to counter England’s flat pitches

The recent ODI series between ENG and PAK designated yet again that pitches in England and Wales, the venue for the World Cup, could offer plenty of runs. There were five scores of over 350 in eight completed innings, with 297 being the lowest.

With that in mind, defending champions Australia, under the supervision of bowling coach Adam Griffith, have been practicing hard at their training camp in Southampton to master their death-bowling skills.

Bowlers are largely focused on being spot-on with their Yorkers and on countering the batsmen’s trigger movement. Mitchell Starc, the left-arm pacer, revealed there was a bit of competition, with bowlers awarded points for hitting different areas.

“It was a bit of target bowling for the group. We’ve got certain cones put up for wide Yorkers either side of the stumps or trying to hit that zone,” Starc told cricket.com.au. “It’s something we’re working hard on because death bowling is something where you can win or lose a game or defend a total.”

Starc, who lit up the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with his fast, swinging yorkers, has not been a regular in Australia’s limited-overs sides in recent times as the selectors have looked to manage his workload. Having played only four limited-overs internationals since February 2018, he rediscovered his pace and accuracy during Australia’s warm-up matches against New Zealand in Brisbane earlier this month.

The 29-year-old came in for criticism for his Test bowling in the Australian home summer, but he is confident that a changed mental approach will help him regain his swing and best form during the mega-event.

 “Having three months to chat about things and have a little bit of a different approach to how I think about it, and perhaps the change of wording and what my cues are, have really helped me in coming to back to this stage,” he said.

The defending champions will play warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before their campaign gets underway against Afghanistan in Bristol on 1 June.

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Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

The Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey trusts the vast skill of the side will be vital in “high pressure” situations at the CWC19. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy
Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

Several of the Australian Cricket players and support staff have important CWC knowledge. Ricky Ponting, their associate coach, won the tournament thrice (in 1999, 2003 and 2007), fielding coach Brad Haddin was part of the 2015 title-winning side, and the likes of Aaron Finch, the skipper, David Warner, Steve Smith,  Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell have all played in the previous editions.

“We have got a lot of knowledge,” Carey told reporters in London. “Brad Haddin played in the last CWC, we have got Ricky Ponting coming in, and we have got a number of players who played in that last CWC.”

“We have got lots of knowledge around the group of guys to access. When we get into it, that’s when the high-pressure skill comes into it.”

The 27-year-old also said Aussies would be focused on their own match plans rather than form them rendering to the opposition. Aussies have won eight straight away ODI, and Carey credited that form to this method.

“We have got a certain game style which has been successful in the last eight games, against quality opposition,” he said.

For us, it is playing to our strengths. Every team in the CWC has got its strengths. We are not too much about hostility’s game style. That’s where we get unfocused from what we are really good at.

“Thus for us, it’s building on our success in the last few months. David Warner and Steve Smith come back in. Aaron Finch is in really good form. Our quick’s are in good form as well. We got a lot of exciting players.”

Aussies will play warm-up games against Sri Lanka and England before their initial match against Afghanistan on 1 June, and Carey is self-assured they will begin the tournament on a positive note.

“We will start planning. We have warm-up games as well, which will be part of our build-up,” said Carey. “A lot of us have played against a number of their Afghanistan’s players. The first game is where we want to hit our straps. They will be keen to start the tournament well, and so are we.”

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Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were named in Pakistan’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as the PCB selectors named the final 15-man liable for the marquee tournament. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Both Amir and Wahab had been omitted from the preliminary squad that had been named last month. The duo has come in place of fellow left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

In the other major change, middle-order batsman Asif Ali was named in place of Abid Ali. And leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a viral infection and was pulled from the series against England, has recovered and retained his place in the final 15.

The real challenge will be to choose between Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan; the latter’s concern is his fitness, Amir — on the other hand — has not fired ever since the Champions Trophy two years ago. Junaid’s advantage lies in his Lancashire county cricket experience in England.

Earlier, Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq informed that Amir will be part of England T20I and ODIs to be played in the lead up to the World Cup from May 5 to May 19. Amir will also serve as a cover for the World Cup squad and, if required, can be drafted into the side until 23 May without International Cricket Council’s permission.

“For the T20I and ODI against England, we have added Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players. Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England. These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by 23 May, if required,” he said.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnanin, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz

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CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

ICC (The International Cricket Council) today announced a stellar line up of commentators for the ICC Cricket CWC along with complete broadcast plans that will bring more than a billion followers closer to the exploit and players than ever before. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date
CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

The last man to boost the ICC CWC, Clarke, will be creation his ICC TV commentary entrance along with some of the match’s most respected broadcasters counting Wasim Akram, Alison Mitchell, Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Melanie Jones, Brendon McCullum, and Graeme Smith.

Additional big names who will commentate through the CWC contain Michael Slater, Ian Ward, Shaun Pollock, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan, and Ian Smith.

CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date
CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

Brendon McCullum: Still the marquee occasion in our sport, I have got so many pleasant memories of CWC. 2015 was the climax after a lot of hard work and I am excited to be complicated in a different volume this time around – confidently we’ll have plenty of drama.

Nasser Hussain: “The entire of ENG and Wales is energetic with enthusiasm in hope of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the CWC abilities to be the most amusing one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event program and witness history in the making, first hand.”

Kumar Sangakkara: This is going to be a very superior summer of cricket in England and perhaps the most modest CWC of all time. Hosts England have a great side but there are several truthful candidates and we are sure to see some remarkable cricket along the way.

Melanie Jones: “There is a strong sense of expectation for this year’s CWC between players and followers alike. The round-robin format pitting each nation against each other added with the strength of all ten sides, will no doubt result in the most inexpensive and closely fought CWC to date. Add to that the chance of first time CWC winner and it’s as thrilling as the option of numerous upsets throughout.”

Wasim Akram: The upcoming CWC has the same setup as in 1992. It is the best format as sides get more probabilities and I calculate all sides will have an equal chance to succeed for the semi-finals. A CWC comes every four years so players wait for it and do their best to give a notable performance. I hope we are going to see some stiff rivalry with the edge of the seat thrillers, high skills and supreme moments with the best players of the world on show.

Ian Bishop: “I look forward to the next few weeks with great anticipation and expectation. It’s an honor to be part of the broadcast commentary team that will bring the stories, updates, and analysis of the CWC to you wherever you are. This edition promises to be even more exciting and innovative than ever and it is a great privilege to be a part of the team that brings it to you.”

ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 48 games being played over 46 days, as well as full live coverage of all ten warm-up games for the first time.

Audiences will be preserved to state-of-the-art coverage which will comprise a minimum of 32 cameras at every match, counting eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and Spidercam.

The first time at a CWC, the broadcast will produce 360° replays, providing by Piero which permits multiple cameras feeds to be sewed together to create a spectacular video that helps provide an in-depth study of big moments in the match.

The coverage will also be completed with a diversity of logical and visual improvements including the use of Player Following. Broadcast tools such as Hawk-Eye will be added by an in-depth cricket data analytics system to be provided by analytics app CricViz.

The drone camera providing by Batcam will also provide spectacular visuals of all venues across England and Wales. There will be a roaming Buggy Cam as well, for a ground-level view of minutes.

ICC TV is maintained by production services partner Sunset+Vine and tackle services partner NEP Broadcast Solutions. Whilst sports graphics specialists Alston Elliott have developed a contemporary styled graphics package to visualize the ever-crucial scores and statistics throughout the coverage.

Aarti Dabas, Head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital said: “I am excited to welcome such a brilliant team of broadcasters to ICC TV; they will bring to life the CWC for more than a billion followers around the world.

“Our focus for this event has been on carrying fans closer to cricket than ever before and our complete host broadcast plan brings this. Followers can enjoy unique visions from our commentators added by extraordinary analytics focus making this the most attractive CWC broadcast production to date.”

ICC TV has also made preparations to produce a host of extra content off the field of play, to be dispersed to its broadcast partners and other media rights partners via the ICC TV Content Delivery Service. This content will include daily player profiles, team features, match previews, venue features and other behind the scenes content, getting followers up close and personal with all the action around the CWC19.

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Gambhir trusts India are a pacer short at the CWC19

Former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir reckons that India will be a fast bowler short at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Gambhir trusts India are a pacer short at the CWC19
Gambhir trusts India are a pacer short at the CWC19

India has a three-pronged pace attack for the tournament, featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, while all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar offer supporting options. However, with the three frontline pacemen likely to feature in the XI, India lacks a back-up option should injury strike one of the three.

“I feel Indian team lacks one more quality fast bowler,” Gambhir said. “Bumrah, Shami, and Bhuvi need more support. You may argue that India has two fast bowling all-rounders in Hardik and Vijay Shankar, but I am not convinced.”

Gambhir, however, endorsed Bumrah, saying he will be India’s X-factor in the tournament. Bumrah is the top-ranked bowler in the ICC ODI Bowler Rankings and is lethal, both as a containing and a wicket-taking option. Bumrah is also potent in the closing stages of the innings, where he is exceedingly hard to put away. Those attributes were visible during the recently-concluded IPL final, where Bumrah gave away just eight runs in his last two overs, including five in the penultimate over of a nail-biting chase.

“The wickets are going to be very flat and it’s going to be hot,” Gambhir said. “So how Jasprit Bumrah bowls will decide where India reaches because it’s going to be a high-scoring World Cup.”

But as an attack overall, Gambhir picked Australia’s like the most potent in the tournament.

“They have the best-all rounded bowling attack in the tournament,” he said. “With Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Steve Smith coming back, they’re probably the side to beat. In any ICC tournament, if you beat Australia, you’re right up there because they know how to play big matches.”

Gambhir also praised the present World Cup format, saying that it eliminates the luck factor.

“This will be a well-contested tournament as all the teams play each other,” he said. “This format will give us the real world champion, and I think ICC should stick to this format for all future World Cups.”

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Clive Lloyd said it will be all-rounders Cricket World Cup

Former West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd has predicted that all-rounders will play an energetic role in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Clive Lloyd said it will be all-rounders Cricket World Cup
Clive Lloyd said it will be all-rounders Cricket World Cup

Lloyd opined that the flat pitches in England would make things difficult for bowlers, which meant that being multi-dimensional gave players a better chance of succeeding at the mega-event.

“From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders,” Lloyd said. “That’s why I believe it will be an all-rounders’ World Cup.”

Lloyd also sounded hopeful of a good showing from West Indies at this year’s event. West Indies drew a five-match series against England, the top-ranked team in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, in March this year. They have also made the final of the Ireland tri-nation series, after picking up two resounding victories over the tournament hosts.

Lloyd cited the selectors’ decision to recall players such as Andre Russell, who last played ODI cricket in August 2018 but has been successful in T20 tournaments around the world in the interim, saying it will bolster their chances at the tournament.

The West Indies Cricket Board has brought back the main players who have been doing well in different tournaments around the world. They will try their best,

He said. “During the last 20-odd years, we lost so many good cricketers. I think the good cricketers have again come up with the intention of doing well.”

“Lloyd went with a conventional choice when asked to pick the favorites to win the 2019 edition. “There is a strong wave in the UK that England will do well this time,” he said. “No doubt they had done well in recent years. They are a well-balanced side. England will be a very tough competitor this time.”

Lloyd is a two-time World Cup-winning captain, having led West Indies to the title in the first two editions, in 1975 and 1979. West Indies were also the odds-on favorite to win the trophy a third successive time in 1983, before being stunned by Kapil Dev’s India in the final, where they were bowled out for 140 and lost by 43 runs.

“We all thought anyone of us will go to the wicket and score the runs. But just the opposite happened,” he said. “We came back one after another. I have to give credit to our bowlers, who did not allow the Indians to score even 200 runs in a 60-over game. We, the batsmen, could not deliver.”

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Kohli said CWC is always going to be important tournament in Cricket

Virat Kohli, the India captain, put over the ICC Cricket World Cup as the pinnacle of the sport but placed India’s Test series victory in Australia on the same pedestal as their triumph in the 2011 edition of the flagship tournament. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Kohli said CWC is always going to be important tournament in Cricket
Kohli said CWC is always going to be important tournament in Cricket

Kohli’s India registered the country’s first-ever Test series win in Australia when they famously edged out the hosts 2-1 earlier this year. It was India’s maiden triumph in 12 attempts.

“I would put the win in Australia at par with the World Cup,” Kohli told the Times of India. “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 will lead an Indian team that is arguably one of the strongest contenders for the title at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India is the No.2-ranked ODI side in the world, and has among the most well-rounded outfits in the tournament, alongside the hosts England. According to Ravi Shastri, the coach, the partnership between himself and the captain has been one of the reasons behind that success.

“The hallmark of any successful team, or a great team, is the relationship between the captain, coach and the support system working around it,” he said. “It becomes extremely important, because when two individuals are on the same page – and luckily, Virat and I am pretty similar in the way we think, aggressive in the way we think – that’s the time when you got to take your chances. That’s precisely what we’ve tried to do over the last three-four years and the performances speak across all formats. It holds us in good stead for the World Cup too.”

Kohli has himself been at the forefront of India’s transformation into a world-beating unit. He is currently the top-ranked batsman in both Tests and ODIs and has been a relentless run-scorer for the team across formats.

That vein of form has run alongside exponential gains on the fitness front, and Shastri said that the transformation began four years ago when India last toured Australia. “When he got those four hundred, 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.

“You could see him telling himself out there, ‘I want to be the best in the world. But for me to be the best in the world across all formats, I have to do this, no compromise. If it means I have to be the fittest, if I have to sacrifice certain things, I’ll do it.’ That’s how he set himself on the path. And over the course of time, I think that rubbed off on the rest of the team.”

In no department has that effect been felt more than in the bowling. India now boasts perhaps their most potent attack in all formats. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a master of swing bowling, Jasprit Bumrah is unerringly accurate, and wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are strike weapons. Three of those bowlers – Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep – are also among the top ten bowlers in the format, with Bumrah holding the top spot.

Kohli is now set to captain at the World Cup for the first time, but he will also have some reliable sounding boards for making important decisions. “MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing,” he said. “Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience and we’re richer with it.

“MS and Rohit – the way they’ve gone about with their respective roles as captains [in the IPL] speaks volumes of what they bring to the table. MS, in particular, has a legacy. So it augurs well for this team to have both of them in a leadership role. That’s why the team management decided to have a strategy pool in place, which MS and Rohit are a part of, along with us.”

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