Indian Cricket Team Leaves For England To Play Their Most Challenging World Cup Yet

The ‘Men in Blue’, all geared up, departed for the Cricket World Cup 2019 which begins on May 30 in England and Wales. India will commence their campaign with a match against South Africa on June 5. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) shared pictures of the team before their flight to England, captioning it “Jet, set, go!”

Team members – Vice Captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, all took to their social media accounts posting pictures before their departure.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli addressed the media. He said, “It’s the most challenging World Cup – any team can upset any team. Team will have to adapt quickly.”

This is the third World Cup for Kohli, but his first as Captain leading the contingent. Kohli, arguably one of the best batsman in the world right now, holds the key to India’s chances in the event, where he is expected to cross 11,000 ODI runs. “Will have to be prepared for the World Cup at the best of our abilities, shouldn’t think about any opposition,” Kohli said.

Will history repeat itself in England? When we spoke to former Indian Captain Kapil Dev, who led India to its historic win in the ’83 World Cup, he said “They should play to the best of their abilities,” said Kapil Dev. But who according to Dev is India’s strongest adversary? “Cricket!” came the response.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni who lead India to victory in the 2011 World Cup, was cheered the most as he joined his team on the way to what could probably be his last World Cup outing. India will play warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and 28.

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