Captain Aaron Finch's own battle with poor form provided the microcosm of the turmoil Australian cricket endured before series victories against India and Pakistan. Before Kohli's answer, Finch jokingly reminded him that he would not be able to pick AB de Villiers, his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate.
At the captains' media interaction ahead of the mega event, Kohli was asked if the 500-run mark could be breached in this edition.
A middle-order featuring such dynamic hitters as Buttler and Stokes, both of whom have shown they can also rebuild an innings after a collapse, often boosts England's totals to impregnable levels.
Mortaza picked Kohli, while Jasprit Bumrah was one three players named by Du Plessis, the others being Pat Cummins and Rashid Khan. You saw in the IPL as well.
"I think I probably have a bigger advantage over some of the other guys in our team". I see 250 being defended, too. He has served his country for nearly 20 years, but has only featured in one World Cup where Pakistan crashed out in the group stages after losing to debutants Ireland in 2007. "Not all the teams are going to be in a great position (in the latter half)". Teams that have to get a result (to make the semifinals) will be under the most pressure.
From an audio-only perspective, a full complement of licensees will supplement the live broadcast coverage including joint production between Channel 2 and India-based Sports Flashes, to create a ball-by-ball English world feed, for all matches.
"Just because of one individual, you can't win a tournament".
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Ranked the number one one-day side in the world, England are firm favourites with British bookmakers to lift the trophy on home soil with the tournament getting under way at The Oval next week. "We have been at the receiving end of the highest one". But it's a different tournament and, once you get out and start playing, the pressure takes over.
"I think he's going to be the X-factor because he has all the skill-sets and he's very different from anyone else".
"You get motivation from a lot of sources, the point mentioned here is a very big one". In a 10-team World Cup, the ten best teams in the world, it's going to be an extraordinarily competitive tournament.
"Expectations do not come out of thin air". If we play to our potential then the trophy might be back here.
But a humiliating first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand - with Morgan made captain only shortly before the tournament in place of axed Test skipper Alastair Cook - prompted a major rethink. "As soon as you get into it, it is a game of cricket for all of us", said Kohli while Sarfaraz nodded in agreement.
'Every captain here would give their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket, ' said Morgan rather colourfully.