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Virat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning

first_imgVirat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morningIndia tour of West Indies 2019: India captain Virat Kohli said that the team is keen on moving on from the World Cup disappointment and that the players are looking forward to the action in the West Indies. advertisement India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 10:55 IST India were ousted from World Cup 2019 after semi-final defeat to New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said India’s World Cup semi-final exit was difficult to digestThe first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult: Virat KohliIndia begin their preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup vs West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli conceded that the semi-final defeat to New Zealand at World Cup 2019 was a difficult pill to swallow, saying the players found it quite difficult to handle the disappointment in the first few days of their exit.Virat Kohli added that India are keen on hitting the refresh button and focussing on the task in hand in the upcoming full-tour of the West Indies. India begin their T20I series against West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday.Kohli also revealed that he and his teammates felt good after a fielding session on Friday and that the entire unit is looking foward to being back on the field.”The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life,” Virat Kohli told the press on the eve of the 1st T20I.Kohli added: “We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on.”So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.”advertisementThe India captain, who will be without the services of some of the established stars including Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, also said the West Indies tour is a good opportunity for youngsters to step up and grab their opportunities.India will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs before starting their World Test Championships campaign against the West Indies later this month. The likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant along with Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar will be keen on proving their mettle and seal spots ahead of next year’s World T20.”We have 25-26 games before the T20 World Cup and we want to look at all the games to build a solid combination – conditions-based, obviously, because when you play in Australia, the combination will be different. And according to your team’s strength, and how a player is performing in different conditions, this is what we’re trying to figure ou,” Kohli said.”It’s a very normal process in cricket at this level that whatever games you have, you use it to build towards that global tournament,” he added.Also Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence great opportunity for Rishabh Pant to become a consistent performer: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow Virat KohliFollow India tour of West Indies 2019last_img read more