You know how massive a tournament is when it is held once in four years. The stakes are high as 10 teams battle to win the coveted trophy. Hosts England ensured they came out all guns blazing in the first match on Thursday as they added over 300 runs on the board in their first innings. However, before the quadrennial event kicked off, there was a grand opening ceremony at The Mall, in Central London on Wednesday. While all the captains made a grand appearance at the event in front of the fans, there were no prizes for guessing who received the loudest cheers, Virat Kohli. The Indian captain exulted over the response the team receives at every stadium they play and that it was not just a matter of pressure but also of pride.
When Virat was introduced, the crowd erupted in cheers. The 30-year-old then said, "It's lovely to be here. We have such a huge fan base in England. The number of people traveling from home as well. It’s great to see that every stadium we play, 50 per cent of the people are Indian fans. For us, that is a thing of pressure, but also of pride, hopefully we can use that crowd advantage for us in the tournament. It’s a lovely atmosphere, lovely occasion to be at.”
Watch the video here: (Virat's quote around 3.40 mins)
The captains had later met the Queen at the Buckingham Palace.
India will kick off their campaign in the World Cup against South Africa on June 5.