'Great athlete' Jofra Archer will be England's 'X-factor', says Virat Kohli

'Great athlete' Jofra Archer will be England's 'X-factor', says Virat Kohli

'Great athlete' Jofra Archer will be England's 'X-factor', says Virat Kohli

What's more, is that they do like it when the World Cup is played in England as they have won it twice when the event is staged there.

Among them, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are former World Cup winners. "It would be exciting to watch him in the World Cup", Kohli said at the official ICC press conference for the captains.

"In the World Cup, you first see the first four or five games you're going to play".

England captain Eoin Morgan agreed with his Indian counterpart Kohli that Archer can make a real difference this summer.

"The way he's come about in the IPL [Indian Premier League] over the past couple of years I've seen him, and playing all around the world, there's good reason why he's been fast-tracked into playing for England in a tournament like the World Cup".

They will enter this World Cup under the radar, somewhat, with their unflattering record in recent years leading pundits to rule them out as serious contenders.

All 10 captains rather predictably stressed the openness of the tournament but it was Kohli who gave the most intriguing answer as to how matches may pan out.

One of the great cricket tragedies post-millennia has been the slow disintegration of the West Indian cricket team. Teams that have to get a result [to make the semi-finals] will be under the most pressure.

"If you are relying on one player then you aren't playing to win the tournament".

"All the teams are really balanced".

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"There was a separate feeling when I represented Pakistan in the under-19 World Cup and this is a separate feeling".

Expectations are high in India that their team can bring home a third world title, emulating the famous first success in the tournament in England in 1983. I don't want to put a number on it. "It could be pretty high scoring but I don't see too much high scoring in the later half of the tournament". It was this Test series victory that suggests that the Windies are beginning to work as a team once more and not exclusively rely on a few individuals to get the job done which could well mean an improved showing at the World Cup.

Both England sides have a realistic chance of World Cup glory this year.

"If anything you can nearly get a feeling of going into the first part nearly feeling underdone", he said.

"Look India-Pakistan is always a very, very anticipated match but we keep saying this again and again".

The change of captaincy for the World Cup didn't go well with senior players, with ace spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi criticizing the Afghanistan Cricket Board on social media. "He wants to play". "Some teams might get on a roll, but you'll see 250 defended as well as because of the kind of pressure that comes with it". Over the past few years we have been determined to really express ourselves each and every time we go out to play.

The last ODI played here was a clash where over 700 runs were score as England chased down the 359 target set to them with consummate ease.

Kumar Sangakkara hopes Sri Lanka can somehow overcome their "chaotic" build-up to the World Cup thanks to new captain Dimuth Karunaratne's "lack of baggage".

"With two new balls (in use in ODIs), the ability of someone to anchor the innings, to bat through a long period, is going to be very important". I have no doubt that there will be venues which will be more suited to the bowlers. "We have addressed our shortcomings", he said.

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