No Cap on IPL Matches for India’s World Cup-Bound Players: Kohli
“Someone else's body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don't want to miss out on such a big event,” Kohli said at the launch of RCB’s official app.
Kohli added that it is up to individual players to deal with the issue to keep their body fit and be in contention for a place in the World Cup-bound squad.
“And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team - strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind.”
World Cup winning former India coach Gary Kirsten feels that IPL would serve as good preparation for the Indian players ahead of the World Cup.
Kirsten: IPL Good Preparation for India
The 12th edition of the IPL, which gets underway with RCB visiting defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, 23 March, will also see Kohli reunited with Gary Kirsten – the coach who oversaw India’s last World Cup title winning campaign in 2011.
Kirsten reckons that the IPL will serve as a good preparation ground for the Indian players.
“We do understand all the international players, apart from the Indians, will be called back to their internationals teams anyway through the IPL,” Kirsten said.
“We have to accept there's not much we can do about that. We understand the demands that an international player has. We'll be very reasonable in that space.”
“Because the IPL is such a pressurised tournament, it's great preparation for the World Cup,” the former South African opener added.