World Cup 2019: We expect to play the best cricket we can, says Kohli

Catch all the live updates from Team India's press conference in Mumbai where captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri will address the media before leaving for the World Cup in England.

Team India skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri will address the media.   -  pti

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will address the media ahead of Team India's departure to England for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The press conference is scheduled to start between 3:30-3:45 pm. Stay tuned for live updates.

Virat Kohli: "Playing really good cricket has been our focus and hence the results. All the world cup-bound players were in great form during the IPL and we expect ourselves to play the best cricket we can. The emphasis will be on the process."

 

Kohli: "Handling pressure is more important than the conditions, all bowlers have been preparing with the 50 over World Cup in mind. Even during the IPL, if you see none of our bowlers looked fatigued as they have been in the 50 over zone. The key is to not let the fitness levels come down and that was communicated to them before the tournament."

 

Kohli: "Kuldeep is one of the pillars along with Chahal for our bowling. The same applies for Kedar Jadhav; he wasn't playing in the best of pitches and T20 is such a format where if you aren't among runs, then it tends to continue for a few games. I'm sure they are in a good headspace."

 

Ravi Shastri: "The World Cup is a great opportunity, our team has played great cricket for the past five years. We need to enjoy the tournament. If we play to our potential then the Cup can be ours. Format is also challenging, the gap between team is also very close. It's a very strong competition. It will be fantastic. The plus side is you have nine games."

Shastri: "Our mantra is to be flexible in the last 10 overs. The pitches are going to be flat but overcast conditions will also have to be taken into consideration. It will vary from venue to venue, so you have to be prepared for that."

Shastri: " M.S. Dhoni's communication with Virat has been great. The way he was moving in the IPL was great. As a keeper, he has shown that there's no one better than him. He will be a big player in this World Cup."

 

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri have arrived for the presser.

 

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