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WATCH | Important to Start Well in World Tournaments: Shastri

Cricketnext Staff | May 14, 2019, 8:28 PM IST

Cricket expert Ayaz Memon speaks to India Head Coach Ravi Shastri as a preview to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.

AM: You have got very rich experience of playing in England, you know as a county professional.  Of course, some of the tours that you have been there. So, what are the challenges? The grounds, the weather, these are factors that everybody believes will be very influential in the matches? 

RS: It can 100 percent. In England weather conditions play a huge part, you know when the sun is out early and it is a good forecast for the day, you want to bat first. But yet again on a given day you wake up in Leeds and it's overcast and cloudy and the last thing you would want to do is bat first there for a 10-10:30 start, the ball could swing for the first couple of hours. Those are the things you got to look to. But when you look at ICC tournaments, they are good batting surfaces. But the difference in playing a World Cup in England and any other place in the world is overhead conditions.

AM: But the itinerary you have got, the first 4 matches are against South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan. That's a heck of a tough draw. 

RS: Yeah, I mean you expect that in World Cup cricket. Whichever way you look at it, I believe every match is tough and take it one game at a time and go with the flow. I look at it the other way, you start off well, then you get tremendous momentum, you know look at it in that fashion.

AM: So that makes it imperative to start well because...

RS: Yeah! In any World Cup tournament, it's important that you start well.

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