World Cup 2019: England’s struggle leaves Virat Kohli surprised

first_img India Today Web Desk BirminghamJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 09:03 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSEngland have lost three and won four games in the World Cup 2019 so farA loss against India could see them crash out of the semi-finals raceIndia is undefeated in its last three ICC World Cup games against EnglandIndia captain Virat Kohli admitted that England’s mid-campaign wobble at ICC Cricket World Cup has left everyone in the cricket fraternity surprised.England were billed as the pre-tournament favourites. They had been in fine form in the lead-up to the World Cup and entered the quadrennial tournament as the top-ranked ODI side. Captain Eoin Morgan took pride in being the pre-tournament favourites and their batting firepower was dominating the narrative.However, cut to the last week on June, England are fighting to keep their campaign alive. After thrashing South Africa in their World Cup 2019 opener, England lost to Pakistan but it was seen as an off-day for Eoin Morgan’s men.However, their inability to chase down scores has become a pattern now. Back-to-back defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia has dented their semi-final hopes. England now need to beat Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in their last 2 league games to keep their chances alive.Speaking to the press on the eve of India’s World Cup 2019 match against England in Bimmingham, Kohli said: “Everyone is a bit surprised because we thought England is probably going to dominate in their own conditions. But as I said at the beginning of the tournament, pressure is going to be a massive factor and low scores are going to be defended.”We got a scare from Afghanistan… So you can’t take anything for granted.”Virat Kohli’s prediction has certainly come true. Even as talks of teams breaching 500-run mark were going around, Kohli said scores of 260-270 would be defended. England failed to chase 232 against Sri Lanka and 286 vs arch-rivals Australia.advertisementMeanwhile, Virat Kohli also said he deals with high-intensity situations by hiding pressure on the field. The India captain also said pressure is what keeps him motivated.”That would be a lie if I say I’m not under pressure. I’m probably good at hiding it,” Kohli said.”Everyone feels butterflies in their stomach. I’m glad that I feel like that. If I don’t, then probably I don’t have enough motivation to play anymore.”I look forward to that, and maybe that’s why my body language is the way it is. But in all honesty, everyone feels pressure. It’s just the way you portray it to the opposition is what makes all the difference.””Bhuvi is recovering very fast. When he gets fit, it’s going to be a bit of a headache for us to see what we’re going to do.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Desperate England brace for ruthless India as semi-finals race heats upAlso Read | World Cup 2019: What happened when India last met England in a World CupAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh slams Basit Ali for his unsavoury comments regarding IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen World Cup 2019: England’s struggle leaves Virat Kohli surprisedWorld Cup 2019: After thrashing South Africa in their World Cup 2019 opener, England lost to Pakistan but it was seen as an off-day for Eoin Morgan’s men.advertisement Nextlast_img

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