A day ahead of World Cup Semis where Team India faces New Zealand, Indian Captain Virat Kohli addressed the media. He was asked about how he feels to face Kane Williamson after 11 years of U-19 World Cup. Kohli said that he can never forget that journey and that he will remind Kane of it when he meets him tomorrow. He also said that it is special for him to realise that 11 years after both the players are representing their countries yet again at a senior World Cup. He said that there are many from that lot who is playing senior world cup. "No one could have ever anticipated that this could happen, niether me nor he, its a really nice thing," he said.
When reminded that he was the one who got Kane's wicket in the U-19 match, he said: "I don't know if that can happen again." India, England, Australia and New Zealand are the four semi-finalists. While India will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford on Tuesday, July 9, Australia will be up against their arch-rivals England at Edgbaston.
Speaking about the New Zealand Cricket Team he said that Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor has been the primary threat so far. He said that the two have been great performers since the time of U-19. He also added that the Team will try to perform well from beginning as New Zealand is a team that can make things difficult for them.
Speaking on Kane, "He is a brilliant player and we need to get him and Ross Taylor out quickly and we know how strong they can be if they build a partnership. Kane and Ross are probably the main guys in their batting line-up," he said.
“Remember in 2007 we played an u19 Test in NZ, Kane played a shot off one of our quicker fast bowlers and I remember saying in the slips never seen anyone play that so well," he added.
Talking about Team's preparation against New Zealand, he said, "Our bowling attack has been up there with the best in the competition, if not the best"
Captains of the semi-finalist teams are Virat Kohli (India), Aaron Finch (Australia), Eoin Morgan (England) and Kane Williamson (New Zealand). India will be eyeing their third World Cup crown. The Men In Blue had won the World Cup twice in 1983 and 2011 respectively. Reigning World Champions Australia will be aiming for their sixth title and at the same time will also be eager to retain their title. Meanwhile, the hosts England and New Zealand will be desperate to end their title drought and lift their maiden World title. England had reached the finals thrice in 1979, 1987 and 1992 respectively where they finished as the second-best side while New Zealand were the runners-up of the 2015 edition where they had lost to Australia.