Virat Kohli and his teammates have landed in London to participate in the ICC World Cup 2019. The quadrennial showpiece event will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. India's first match is against South Africa on June 5
London: The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team landed in London on Wednesday (May 22) to participate in the ICC World Cup 2019, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
The 15-member side along with the support staff including head coach Ravi Shastri arrived in London on Wednesday afternoon.
The official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted the group picture of the “Men in Blue” from London with the caption “Touchdown London #TeamIndia”.
India’s World Cup campaign will begin on June 5 when they face South Africa. However, before the actual tournament commences, they will play two warm-up matches, against New Zealand (May 25) and Bangladesh (May 28). The first game is at The Oval, London followed by a contest in Cardiff (Cardiff Wales Stadium).
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Kohli-led team left for England in the wee hours of Wednesday, from Mumbai. Before that, Kohli and Shastri had addressed the media at the BCCI headquarter.
Some of the Indian players took to Twitter to share pictures from Mumbai before they headed out to the United Kingdom. BCCI too tweeted pictures with the caption “Jet set to go ✈✈#CWC19 #TeamIndia”.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who will be playing his first World Cup, tweeted a picture of himself with the caption “On the go ✈️♠️ England, we’re coming 🇮🇳 #cwc19”.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma posted a picture of himself with teammates Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav.
Kohli, who will be playing in his third 50-over World Cup, called this edition as the “most challenging” one. He was part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
"It is the most challenging World Cup. Any team can upset any team. Team will have to adapt very quickly," Kohli said at the press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday.
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