Virat Kohli, 2019 World Cup
Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli record as Indian captain in One Day Internationals, Matches: 52, Won: 39, Lost 12, No Result: 1, Winning Percentage: 76.47.

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Looking at these numbers, it would be fair to say that Virat Kohli can lead India to glory in the 2019 World Cup. In fact, Kohli has the best winning percentage for the Indian captain who has led in more than one match.

The Indian skipper has led the team with aplomb and the results are a testimony of the fact. Meanwhile, the Men in Blue had last lifted the World Cup trophy in 2011 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli, 2019 World Cup
Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Kohli has done a fine job as the captain of the side. In fact, there is a lot of difference in the style of captaincy between Kohli and Dhoni.

Thus, Virat Kohli needs to tick the right boxes to go all the way in the 2019 World Cup.

The coveted ODI carnival will take place in the England conditions. Thus, ongoing India’s tour of England is going to play a key role. However, India played only three One-Dayers in England.

Meanwhile, the future assignments will give Virat Kohli the perfect idea about his playing combination. In fact, there are some woes that the Indian skipper needs to address and subsequently, find a solution.

One of the major issues is the much-talked-about number four position. India hasn’t found a stable number four batsman as the search is getting widespread with no appropriate results. Thus, Kohli will look to give more opportunities to a batsman who shows him the promise to get the job done.

In fact, the team management and Virat Kohli have themselves to blame as they haven’t given a longer rope to a particular batsman. India’s think tank has enjoyed playing the musical chair game with the spot.

Virat Kohli, 2019 World Cup
Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

Thus, the constant changing and chopping haven’t helped the team. Consequently, India must find the answer to the troublesome spot. They need to find the solution soon before the 2019 World Cup.

Furthermore, the lower order hasn’t contributed much with the bat. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have done the bulk of the scoring. Consequently, other Indian batters need to join the party.

As far as the bowling is concerned, India seems to cover all the bases. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are known to hit the right areas in the initial stages of the match. Furthermore, both the talisman bowlers hit the bullseye with their yorkers in the death overs.

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal provide great stability in the middle overs. They are not easy to pick and the most impressive part about them – is they look to hunt for wickets. Thus, they are not afraid to go for runs. Furthermore, they don’t let the opposition off the hook. In fact, they have given pivotal scalps to India in the middle overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Virat Kohli has a fine team. Every player knows their respective roles and they will be expected to deliver the goods. The players have the skills as well as the experience to come up roses in England.

Virat Kohli had led India to the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017. However, the team could not cross the last hurdle against Pakistan. Thus, the Indian skipper will look to go all the way in the 2019 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the World Cup brings a different pressure with itself. Kohli can be over-aggressive with his approach and needs to take the right decisions with a cool head on his shoulders.

India will play the rest of the nine teams once and would like to hit the ground running once they reach in England for the mega event.

Gautam Chauhan

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