The ICC Cricket World Cup has kicked off and the World Cup fever is on as all the teams have started their respective campaigns. Meanwhile, the Indian cricket fans will only have to wait for another 24 hours as Team India will open their campaign against South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday. The Virat-Kohli led side will be looking to start their campaign on a high as they take on Faf du Plessis' Proteas who come into this contest after losing their first two games against England and Bangladesh respectively.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli has a new fan who is a professional footballer as well. No. It is neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi. He is one of the world-class players from Germany who was a part of Joachim Loew's triumphant squad in the FIFA World Cup 2014. He is none other than Thomas Mueller.
After young English footballing icon, Harry Kane and Kohli had shared their mutual admiration for each other, the German forward came forward to congratulate the 'Men In Blue' for the showpiece event and at the same time, Mueller also gave a special mention about the Indian skipper on Twitter with the caption, 'I wish all participants of the Cricket #WorldCup2019 good luck & thrilling matches. Especially I cross my fingers for @imVkohli, the captain of the Indian team. He`s a fan of @DFB_Team and supported it multiple times in the past #Cricket #GermanyCheersForIndia #esmuellert'.
Even Virat obliged by thanking the World Cup-winning football.
Team India are one of the strong contenders to lift the coveted trophy this year. They have tasted success in the quadrennial event twice in 1983 and 2011 respectively. The 'Men In Blue' were the runners-up of the 2003 edition under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. They finished as the semifinalists in the previous edition in 2015.
India played two warm-up games. They lost to New Zealand in the first warm-up game by six wickets but then staged a good comeback in the second game to beat Bangladesh by 95 runs.