Team India departed for England from the Mumbai Airport for the World Cup 2019 in the early hours of Wednesday. Ahead of their flight, MS Dhoni, the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper, looked calm and composed and was seen playing, what it seems like the popular game 'PUBG' on his gadget, with other players. Giving him company were Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal.
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Ahead of the departure, Virat Kohli addressed a press briefing where he had stated that this will be a challenging World Cup and there will be no room for complacency.
"You don't have any room for complacency that's why it is the World Cup. That's why it is the most important tournament in the world and we expect that kind of pressure from the first second of stepping onto the field. We are not even gonna let ourselves think that may be from the first week onwards we will get into it. No, you have to arrive on the day match ready, absolutely 100% match intensity, start from there and start building from there."
Team India departed to England with the aim of winning the World Cup trophy for the third time at the 'Mecca of Cricket' in Lord's where the 'Kapil's Devils' had created history by getting the better of the then mighty West Indies back in 1983 who were led by Clive Lloyd. India then had to wait for 28 long years to win their second World Cup which they did it in style at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011, under the leadership of MS Dhoni who played a splendid knock of an unbeaten 91.
India will be playing two warm-up games. One against New Zealand on May 25 and the other one will be against Bangladesh on May 28.
The ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in England and Wales from May 30-July 14. The host England and South Africa will play in the World Cup curtain-raiser on May 30 at The Oval. Team India kicks off its campaign against South Africa on June 5.