Kohli says World Cup race wide open after shock upset from the Aussies

Kohli feels that this World Cup is very open
Kohli feels that this World Cup is going to be very open.

After losing the decider of the 5 match ODI series against Australia in Delhi, Virat Kohli has declared that now the World Cup race is open for all. With less than 2 months remaining for the marquee tournament, hosts England are clear favourites. India is also said to be favourites, but Kohli dismissed this notion, after losing to Australia 3-2 at home. A depleted Australian side, sans Warner and Smith, came back after being 2-0 down to win the series 3-2.

Australia ended their two-year series drought here on Thursday, defeated the home side by 35 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the capital.

“Honestly, every team in the World Cup is a threat. Anyone who gets on a roll at a World Cup, it’s very, very difficult to stop that team”, Kohli said in a press conference.

“Having said that, any team who’s on a roll can be knocked out in the semis… they can be defeated immediately by a side that’s braver on that particular day and wants it more and is more expressive as a side. I don’t think any team starts the World Cup as favourites. Any team is dangerous. You see how the West Indies has come along. They are going to be a serious threat at the World Cup as well because of the balance that they’ve been able to crack”, the Indian captain added.

India is going to find it difficult after series defeat against the Aussies

According to Kohli, not only West Indies but England, New Zealand, Pakistan and now even Australia hold a strong chance at the tournament. Having said that, Kohli also believes that India is still a very strong side.

Australia, after this series win, is definitely high on confidence, and with Smith and Warner to return, the defending champions are clearly on their way towards getting back on track.

Meanwhile, India, a team that was so high on confidence after defeating Australia and New Zealand at their home, were given a brutal reality check by the Australian team in their own backyard. With IPL starting in less than 10 days and the World Cup to follow right after it, India does not have any international matches left now. This makes it all the more difficult for the team to answer all the questions Australia has left behind.