After whitewashing Sri Lanka 5-0, India’s next ODI assignment will be the limited overs contest against Australia at home. And, it will be yet another opportunity for India captain Virat Kohli and the think tank to work towards building the core group for the 2019 World Cup.
Speaking about the same to PTI, Kohli said, “The best thing is transparency. We will address it and tell them that this is a bunch of 20-25 people, who will make the probable-list for the World Cup and everyone has an equal opportunity to be tested at different stages.
“It’s going to be a challenge among all the bowlers and the spinners that are going to be in the part of the bigger group to make it to the 2019 World Cup. As I said, we don’t want to be predictable in any way and we want to have an X factor if possible with the bowling attack as well.”
Kohli added that he is happy over players embracing challenges. “The best thing about this team is they are very sporting and they accept things quickly, and embrace the challenges. They take it as a challenge rather than getting disappointed and sulking, start working hard on that aspect of their game and make it happen for the team. So I am quite lucky that I have a bunch of players that do not oppose anything that the management and me as captain address to them. It makes my job a lot easier.”
He went on to add in the PTI report about the upcoming contests against Australia and New Zealand, “We will find the core group for World Cup quickly only if the guys perform in the next couple of big series coming up because then the mindset becomes different of taking anyone anywhere in the world. So I think those series will be very important for us to find the right balance as a team.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent