All the 10 captains at the ICC World Cup 2019 have spoken about the tournament in England and Wales. India skipper Virat Kohli has picked the "most strong side" at the quadrennial showpiece event to be played from May 30 to July 14
London: All the 10 captains participating at the ICC World Cup 2019 including India skipper Virat Kohli have spoken about the tournament and shared their views on how the quadrennial event could pan out between May 30 and July 14.
The captains shared their views in London on Thursday (May 23) and predicted it would be "the most competitive tournament in history". Kohli has picked the “most strong side” for the World Cup.
Here is what all the 10 captains said.
Eoin Morgan (England)
“I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else. These are the 10 best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it. Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket. It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid. We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now.”
Virat Kohli (India)
"England in their conditions are the most strong side in this tournament. But all the teams so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play every one once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen.”
Aaron Finch (Australia)
“Since (David) Warner and (Steve) Smith have come back into the set-up they have been fantastic and contributed so much. The morale has been unbelievable. Once it gets underway, particularly against England, and further on for the Ashes, the crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world. We have plans in place for that, and their squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic.”
Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
“We are all really excited to try out this new tournament, to play every once I think is great. The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side. I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball.”
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Sarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan)
“All the teams are really balanced. I think people are going to watch some great cricket. Since winning the World Cup in 1992, making the final in 1999 here in England and then Champions Trophy in 2017, we go well in England so we are confident we will do well and challenge.”
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
“There are a few guys in the squad from the last World Cup which is great. But four years in between means there are a lot of new players. There has been a lot of talk about rankings, favourites, underdogs but what stands out is how balanced it is. Which means anything can happen on the day which is so exciting.”
Jason Holder (West Indies)
“It’s a very exciting format. In the past you could play five or six games, and that could be it. To play every side is great for us. We worked hard with the qualifiers to get here, that means it is the top 10 in the world, we want to play them all and give ourselves a shot. The team that wins will definitely deserve it.”
Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
“We have great experience in England, we came here early to get used to the conditions and we are in good shape, hoping to do our best. It is not going to be easy though. We are confident and taking it each game one by one.”
Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan)
“We are excited to be here, in front of the cricket world and to play the best teams. To present Afghanistan to the world is great and we are looking forward to it. There will be a huge audience at home in all the different provinces. Cricket is not just a sport now; in Afghanistan it has become something else.”
Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh)
“We have got a great bunch of boys, a good mix of seniors and juniors coming on. Cricket is a game that anyone on their day can beat anybody. If we start well we can hang in there. We are confident that we can go well, but a lot depends on the start.”
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Last Updated May 24, 2019, 11:00 AM IST