India have 'game-ready' players for T20WC: Virat Kohli

Last Modified Monday, 6 January 2020 (17:05 IST)
Guwahati: With focus on this year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Team India
captain said that his side have 'game-ready' players but they need to identify the ones "who stand up under pressure situations".
"T20 is something we don't have any problems in picking players," said Kohli. "Because you have the IPL, at a very competitive level, guys have been performing season after season".
Kohli added that because of the IPL, most of the players from the current set-up have played a lot of T20 cricket and have developed their skills to match the standards at a very competitive level.
"All the players you see are probably the most important Indian players in their team in the IPL, who feature for the franchises in every game. So, from that point of view, it's about figuring out which player can fit in at what time and what's the strongest combination you can take to the World Cup," he said.
"And everyone's game-ready, which is the most important thing and the biggest plus of having a squad like this with guys who have played a lot of T20 cricket, as I said, at a very competitive level," the Team India captain said.
Kohli said that all the T20I series ahead of the 20-over mega event, which starts in October, are going to be about identifying "fearless match-winners", an ICC report said."The next few series will be very exciting to see as to who stands up under pressure situations and how they react to pressure when maybe Rohit or maybe myself, or KL or Shikhar at the top haven't fired," he said.
"Those things will be interesting to find out because we need guys who are ready till 6 and 7 to win games. It can't be dependent on two guys or three guys to win; that's not how you win ICC tournaments. So, that's our main focus to reveal situations to guys and expect them to come into their own and become those fearless match-winners that we should have going into a big tournament," Kohli added.(UNI)
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