Dambulla, 19 August: Virat Kohli declared that the clock will start ticking in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup when India begin the One-day International series against Sri Lanka at the Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday. India, ranked No 3 in the ICC ODI list, will look to add to their dominance over Sri Lanka, having achieved a 3-0 Test series sweep. Sri Lanka also upset India in the early stages of the ICC Champions Trophy in June, but Virat Kohli had his sights set on the big prize.
Mission 2019 Cricket World Cup starts in Sri Lanka- Virat Kohli
“See, for us it’s about time frame, it’s not about which opposition we are playing,” Kohli told a pre-match media conference on Saturday. “You can’t pick and choose, I have never believed in that and we as a team don’t believe in that. “Two years to go, almost 24 months to go for the World Cup and now is the time to give players certain roles to get into the groove and understand what we need to do in reaching that World Cup final. For us, it’s all about when you want to start, giving roles to players, experimenting as a team.”