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Core squad for 2019 World Cup is more or less sorted out, says Virat Kohli

by Saurabh Sharma Nov 30, -0001 • 00:00 AM

Durban, Jan 31 (CRICKETNMORE) With around 15 months to go for the 2019 cricket World Cup, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday asserted that barring the No. 4 spot, the core of the squad is more or less sorted out for the quadrennial tournament in England.

Kohli also maintained that the ones who did well during the home season last year might not necessarily impress in England and wants the players to cash on the opportunities in the run up to the World Cup.

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"We are going to play the World Cup in England, which is going to be very different from what we get back home as well. People who might be doing well at home might necessarily not repeat their performances in England, so we will have to figure out which player's game suits the team best in particular conditions," Kohli said on the eve of the opening ODI against South Africa at the Kingsmead Stadium here on Thursday.

"We feel that the core of players is more or less sorted (out). It's about who takes that one particular spot (No.4), which the guys who get the opportunity need to capitalise and string in performances that convinces the management and the team.
"Obviously changes can happen at any stage, you never know who is in form or not at that stage, but what I see is that the core is more or less formed," he added.

The 29-year-old also seemed to be satisfied with the balance of the side, which includes the two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal (leg-break) and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.

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