Virat Kohli: Jofra Archer has X-factor

Virat Kohli: Jofra Archer has X-factor

Whatever they had going on in their lives, they were just so, so happy India had won the World Cup. He's fearless, he's aggressive and that's what you need in the modern one-day cricket game. "OK, so that's news to me, news to Morgs [England captain Eoin Morgan] as well".

But India, second in the ICC one-day rankings, are the only team to have broken Australia's dominance over the last 20 years when Harbhajan and company took the silverware on home soil in 2011.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is hoping to become the first man to lead the Proteas to a World Cup crown, after four semi-final appearances.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed went for England's Jos Buttler, who hit a rapid unbeaten ODI century against his side two weeks ago. So did Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib.

For defending champions Australia, skipper Aaron Finch didn't seem too happy with his pacers and settled for Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, while Faf himself chose to pick not one, but three in Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins of Australia and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan. It's a really open tournament.

Kohli agreed. He didn't think the tournament will be the run-fest that is predicted. However, this time around they have a better bowling attack.

"They seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else", he said.

"260/270 is going to be as hard to get as chasing 370, 380 in a World Cup". I see 250 being defended, too. I promise you, you will see 250 defended in this tournament. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different.

"Not all teams are going to be in a great position".

Few things in cricket get the pulse racing more than the sight of a fast bowler sending down express-pace deliveries, and Archer is among the quickest.

One of the mid-tournament games will be the biggest in the group stage, India vs Pakistan, on June 16.

No burden of expectation, however, can be heavier than the one resting on the shoulders of Virat Kohli and his team mates out to win India's third ODI World Cup.

"My answer is the same", Sarfraz said. He's very exciting. He is a great athlete.

England arrive for their latest bid to claim a maiden ICC Men's Cricket World Cup as the favourites, thanks to their status as the top-ranked ODI side in the world. "We will always have time to regroup and go for the next", Kohli said.


On Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz said the left-arm pacer has been included in the squad due to his vast experience.

The celebrations that swept across the nation when Dhoni smashed a six over long-on to deliver India a first World Cup title in 28 years are the stuff of legend.

"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 he's going to be the X-factor because he has all the skillsets and he's very different from anyone else".

England's record at recent World Cups has been dismal and they will be desperate to make amends in front of packed home crowds.

Australia captain Aaron Finch said England's recent form can not be overlooked.

"He's come in and performed exactly as he has been around the world", Morgan told reporters. We've not played together for a couple of months but we're not the only ones in that boat. "He wants to play".

Morgan, though, warned that such a run does not guarantee World Cup glory. "It won't be gung-ho from ball one". European Central Bank hopes to emphasise the excitement of One Day International Cricket and encapsulate the team's philosophy and beliefs.

But Finch was confident both Smith and Warner would be able to concentrate on their cricket.

"They expect to win it as well because they have that inner belief and confidence that this is the year they are going to do it". The morale has been unbelievable. It's extremely exciting that he's at the start of his worldwide career and it happens to be at the start of a World Cup and also in an Ashes year'.

"It's good responsibility and good for learning as an overseas player - there's probably a bit more pressure on you to perform".

"In T20 cricket if you don't have anything in the pitch for these spinners then the batsmen, by slogging them, have a tendency to get the better of these guys", he said.

May 26: Pakistan vs Bangladesh (Cardiff). Once-invincible West Indies had to come through the qualifiers but could be a surprise element with the return of opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell.

May 27: Australia vs Sri Lanka (Southampton).

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