IPL Performances Will Have No Influence On World Cup Team Selection: ViratMarch 01, 2019 18:13
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India Skipper Virat Kohli Friday on the eve of 1st ODI against Australia said IPL performances will have “no influence” on the World Cup team selection..
“No, I don’t see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis,”he said.
“We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup. I don’t see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players.”
“If one or two players do not have a good IPL season, it doesn’t mean that they are out of the picture for the World Cup. Those things are not going to matter,”he made clear.
On team combination and giving opportunities ahead of World Cup
“We will have to think about the combinations. I don’t think playing a bowler less is a good idea because with the extra fielder in till the 40th over, it becomes very difficult to sort of get a few guys to chip in with a few overs here and there.”
“We will have to work out the batting combination to try and give game-time to the guys we want to. But, I don’t see the bowling combination changing,” the captain said.
KL Rahul after having performed well in T20Is almost confirmed his berth in World Cup squad as third opener.
“It augurs really well. KL, when he plays well, is operating at a different level I feel. We have seen him do that in the IPL last year and in patches over the last season we played as a team.” Kohli said.
“It’s very difficult to find a consistent player, who can play good cricketing shots and still win you games at a strike-rate of over 140 or 150. He has all the shots and has a solid game as well.
“…it will be interesting to see what happens in the final World Cup squad. Definitely, he has made a strong case for himself. It’s good he’s in great nick and hopefully he can carry it forward.” The one time the skipper seemed a trifle irritated was when a scribe asked whether the team is experimenting at the cost of winning the series.
“We are playing to win the series or else I’ll leave the ball to hit the stumps,” Virat was visibly irritated when reporter asked that team is experimenting at cost of winning.
“As I said earlier, if we want to see how a few guys play in a certain situation, we’ll play them again in that situation. It’s not like if a guy is not playing in a certain situation, he doesn’t have the ability,” he added.
The captain tells that India couldn’t win the T20I series simply because Australia played better.
“We could not win the T20 series because in the first match, we didn’t play good cricket and in the second match, Australia played better than us. I think it’s important you understand why we lost.
“From outside, it’s easy to say, they don’t have the heart to play. We always want to win games for India. If we only had to experiment, we would have got out for 50 as everybody would have got out trying to hit sixes.
“If you see it negatively, you’ll only be able to extract negative things but if you look at it positively, you’ll be able to take positive things,” he concluded.