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I feel we need to start planning for the 2019 World Cup around 24 months in advance – Virat Kohli

I feel we need to start planning for the 2019 World Cup around 24 months in advance - Virat Kohli

Stat highlights:
– 197* – Highest 2nd wicket stand for Ind in SL. Previous: 188 by Dhoni – Gambhir, RPS, 2009.
– Fewest overs to chase down 200+ target (full 50 overs ODIs):
20.3 WI v Can, Centurion, 2003
26.0 Aus v Ban, Dhaka, 2011
26.2 Pak v Ind, Lahore, 1997
28.5 Ind v SL, Dambulla, 2017
– Biggest win for Ind in terms of balls to spare & biggest loss for SL.
– 132* by Dhawan is the highest by an Indian in a run chase in ODIs in SL
Previous: 128* by Kohli vs SL, RPS, 2012

Virat Kohli (2/2): “I feel we need to start planning for the 2019 World Cup around 24 months in advance, try to experiment a bit here and there. We are taking that as a challenge and are looking to try out different things, things we wouldn’t do usually. You can see a lot of surprises over the next few games. All the guys have bought into it and I am very excited. We thought Axar was a gun fielder and he brings his batting into play; and felt that one wrist spinner is enough. Also, Axar is a power-hitting batsman capable of hitting the big shots and that helps us. If we get a dry wicket we could go in with three spinners and a fast bowling all-rounder. At the start of a series we need to up our batting and Axar brings that balance for us as a team.”

SL vs Ind – India won by 9 wkts

Virat Kohli (1/2): “They got off to a very good start. We thought we’d be chasing something close to 300; it was a brilliant wicket for batting. The whole idea of winning the toss and bowling first was hoping that the wicket would be slightly slow in the day. The ball was coming onto the bat like a dream under lights and Shikhar and me enjoyed batting together. At 129/1 we had a few things to think about but the bowlers came back superbly. The last three months have been a great time for Shikhar. The good thing is that he is capitalizing on his purple patch. He can win you games with the way he bats and we would be looking to keep him in that zone for as long as we can. He is feeling good about his game and is hitting the ball well. When he plays like this he is a match-winner and even in Tests he can win you games with the bat.”

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