World Cup 2019 | India Cricket Team Arrives in England

And They’re Off: India Men’s Cricket Team Heads to England

India Men's Cricket Team Heads to England

The India national cricket team has arrived in England ready to play the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The tournament officially starts on 30th May 2019, while warm-up matches begin this week. India’s first match in the tournament takes place on 5th June at Southampton. The team meets South Africa in its first match.

Warm-up matches begin on 24th May. India plays two warm-up matches one on 25th May against New Zealand, and one on 28th May against Bangladesh. Odds are that India will win the warm-up match against New Zealand. At sportsbook bet365 you will find cricket betting odds set at 1.57 on India winning, and at 2.37 on New Zealand winning.

The cricket team flew out of Mumbai. While awaiting their flight, team India players spent time on their mobile devices. Some players played PUBG, a popular game.

India plans to fight hard for a victory this World Cup. In the previous ICC World Cup in 2015, India made it to the semifinals. Australia knocked India out of the running, and went on to win the tournament. India hopes to go all the way this year. Support team India for an outright win at bet365 with odds of 3.75 before the book closes on 30th May.

Pre-Departure Press Conference

Virat Kohli, the team captain, spoke at the pre-departure press conference. He noted that this would be “the most challenging World Cup” he will have played in. He noted that the format, a round robin format, makes the tournament challenging. In addition to this, there are a number of strong teams that have gained strength since the previous World Cup.

Kohli said: “Any team can upset anyone. That is one thing we have in mind. Focus will be on playing the best cricket that we can. You have to play to the best of your potential in every game because it is not a group stage situation.”

He further noted: “Playing everyone once is great for all the teams in my view. It is going to be a different challenge and every team will have to adapt quickly.”

In this format, the team needs to feel the pressure right from the start. “You have to arrive on the day match ready with a hundred percent match intensity, and start building from there. This is the challenge.”

Kohli noted that the team’s bowling line-up prepared themselves for the 50-over cricket format. Bowlers were instructed to maintain fitness for 50-over matches despite playing in the recent 20-over IPL matches.

The Team

Top quality cricketers form India’s World Cup squad with Virat Kohli as skipper. MS Dhoni, the team’s former captain plays in his role as Wicket Keeper.

Batsmen: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan

Batting All Rounders: Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav

Bowling All Rounders: Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja

Wicket Keepers: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are Wicket Keepers and Batsmen. Lokesh Rahul can also fulfill the Wicket Keeper Batsman role.

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal

While there had been some concerns regarding Kedar Jadhav’s match readiness, his shoulder healed, and he is ready to play.

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