Virat Kohli , the India captain , offered a clear message for all his World Cup bound team-mates on Saturday — don’t grab nasty habits during the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) and handle workload carefully .
Kohli , who have developed a tunnel ideas for the World Cup , desires the Indian stars don’t drift too far out of their ODI game plan during the IPL . India takes on their opening World Cup game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.
“I would look to continue in the same way that I have in all formats over the years and not do anything fancy. Frame of mind is the most important thing getting into the World Cup, and we need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy,” Kohli said.
“All the people who are going to be part of the World Cup squad, they have to make sure that their games don’t go too much away from the one-day mould of things,” Kohli stressed. “That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL. From a personal point of view, I would look to continue in the same way that I have in all formats over the years and not do anything fancy because as I said, frame of mind is the most important thing getting into the World Cup. We need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy about where their game is at that particular moment. That will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment we enter the nets and create bad habits, and you lose momentum, you lose batting form, it is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup. So from that point of view, everyone will have to protect that mindset and be aligned towards what the team requires of them.” he added.