Kohli eyes World Cup glory after con­quer­ing S Africa

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH: In­dia’s first ever one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries victory in South Africa has laid a strong plat­form for the coun­try’s hopes of a suc­cess­ful 2019 World Cup cam­paign, cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli said. “We are a team that al­ways wants to think of ways we can im­prove and after this tour we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind,” he said after In­dia took a 4-1 lead in the six-match se­ries on Tues­day. “It’s a won­der­ful feel­ing to have cre­ated some his­tory. The guys re­ally got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well,” he added after the Port El­iz­a­beth tri­umph. Suc­cess in the se­ries has lifted In­dia above South Africa in the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s one-day rank­ings and they re­tained their num­ber one sta­tus in tests as well de­spite los­ing 2-1 to the South Africans last month.

“For now, 4-1 feels amaz­ing. Ob­vi­ously the play­ers put up some re­ally good cricket to be in this po­si­tion,” Kohli added. The last match of the ODI se­ries is in Pre­to­ria on Fri­day. “We want to win 5-1 but there might be a sce­nario to give a few (other) guys a chance.” Kohli said with the se­ries won using only 12 of In­dia’s 17-man squad. The 2019 World Cup is be­ing hosted by Eng­land and Wales, where In­dia won their first global ti­tle in 1983 be­fore adding a sec­ond on home soil in 2011. —

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