Virat Kohli picks the ‘strongest’ side of the tournament

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The 39-year-old left-hander has signalled that he remains a potent force ahead of what could be his last major global tournament with some typically blistering innings, including 162 off just 97 balls in Grenada during a drawn series at home to World Cup favourites England earlier this year.

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For all the focus on captain Kohli, the number one batsman in the world in the 50-over format and Test cricket, the ability of India's seamers to exploit the conditions could be the most important factor.

England captain Eoin Morgan believes the expectation on his side to win the Cricket World Cup for the first time is to be expected given their form, but said producing the goods when it really matters represents a very different challenge. "When you talk about the Indian Army, the role that they play for the country, there is no comparison with that", Kohli said at a press conference. Hard to tell (what could be the highest-score in the tournament). India will play their first CWC warm-up game against New Zealand on May 25.

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That question was always coming and when it came, Kohli and Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed were asked how they will approach the high-pressure game. But it's a different tournament and, once you get out and start playing, the pressure takes over.

"Obviously, because of that cricket, I wasn't able to play much List A for Sussex but you don't forget how to bowl really".

"The best thing about it is that we are confident but we are realistic that nothing is every given to you in this game and that you are going to have to continue to work very hard; to win a tournament you have to be consistent as well". He, however, said that Team India won't be taking any team lightly, especially pointing out to the Afghan cricket team's recent successes. He can generate a lot of pace, which can be intimidating. The fast bowler, who will be featuring in his maiden World Cup, has set his sights on Virat Kohli's prized wicket at the World Cup 2019.

"Did he say that? I don't need to add", said the Pakistan skipper.

"You put Kohli and Rohit Sharma in a batting line up in good, English conditions then they could be very risky. Bowlers who have capabilities of taking wickets", said du Plessis.