World Cup 2019 | 'We Never Take Anyone Lightly', Says Indian Skipper Virat Kohli Ahead Of India's World Cup Opener Against South Africa. Watch His Pre-match Briefing

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India are all set to begin their World Cup campaign when they lock horns against South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday. 

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Updated On:

India are all set to begin their World Cup campaign when they lock horns against South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, things are getting from bad to worse for South Africa as they have lost their first two matches against hosts England and Bangladesh respectively and now face a huge setback as veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli looked relaxed during the press conference prior to the contest against South Africa. The skipper said that they are not going to take the Proteas lightly after they are in a spot of bother as a few of their players have been marred by injuries.

"Injuries are a part of the game and these things can't be predicted and I am sure if any team that gets hit with injuries have a little bit of fume but still South Africa is a very talented and a very dangerous side on their day and even with the replacements they would be a very strong side so we never take anyone lightly." 

Kohli also said that his team has had an advantage of observing the other teams as India will be the last team to begin their World Cup campaign. Kohli mentioned that they have observed how the other teams have done well and in what phases they have done well. 

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 The skipper then talked about selecting a side which gives all kinds of options.

"Look we have selected a side which gives us all kinds of options depending on the conditions that we are going to play in. Somewhere you might see three seamers playing, somewhere you might see two wrist spinners, somewhere you might see a wrist spinner and a finger spinner playing together. So, that's why I said that we have selected the most balanced side."

 When asked about captaining India in the World Cup, Kohli said that it was a matter of great pride.

"Well it's a matter of great pride for me honestly. Playing the 2015 World Cup, I never imagined this because the World Cup is too far off to think or predict anything so I think I am feeling that I am in this position to have the opportunity to lead my country in a tournament like World Cup. It's always going to be a time to remember in a very special feeling so I am really looking forward to this challenge. It's a different kind of responsibility."

When asked about Dale Steyn's unfortunate injury which ruled him out of the tournament, here's what he had to say.

"I am really feeling bad for Dale because he looked really happy and he was bowling really well and suddenly, we find out that he is not going to continue. So, I feel bad for him since he has been a friend since a long time. He was a very motivated guy and he was very happy to come back and play for South Africa and he has been doing well. He still has that hunger and passion in him but those niggles and injuries are just not going his way and I can understand his frustration about that and I wish him a speedy recovery."

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