How Virat Kohli’s prediction is coming true in World Cup 2019

first_img Next How Virat Kohli’s prediction is coming true in World Cup 2019World Cup 2019: The tournament which was billed as one which could see 500 totals being scored, has surprised many as a number of matches have featured low scores being successfully defended by teams, something predicted by Virat Kohli a month ago.advertisement Ajay Tiwari ManchesterJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 13:38 IST Virat Kohli had predicted that even total under 250 will be difficult to chase in the later half of World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSWorld Cup 2019 has seen a few low-scoring matchesVirat Kohli had predicted the same before the tournament startedIndia’s last two wins against Afghanistan and West Indies are a testament to thisKing. Master. GOAT. And now Soothsayer? There is no dearth of adjectives which are used to describe the Indian captain Virat Kohli but the last one must be a bit surprising for every reader. But judging by Kohli’s comments before the start of the World Cup 2019 and the way the tournament has progressed since then, the skipper has proven to be nothing short of a cricketing ‘seer’.During the captains’ press conference right before the World Cup 2019, Kohli was asked about the possibility of 500 runs being scored by teams over the following weeks. Kohli, then in his inimitable style, answered by saying that even though it could be a ‘pretty high scoring’ World Cup, he believed teams would find it difficult to chase even 250 during the later half of the tournament.”They (England) seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else. They smash it from ball one and for the full 50 overs. Yeah, look, it (World Cup) could be pretty high scoring, but… Back home, we had a press conference and they asked us this question as well but I said, look, 260-270 is gonna be as difficult to chase in a World Cup as chasing 380 or 370. I don’t see many high-scoring games happening in the later half of the tournament. Yeah initially, some teams might get on a roll, but you’ll see 250 defended as well. That’s the kind of pressure the World Cup brings,” Kohli had told reporters before the World Cup began.The fact that Kohli was referring to the England side while making his comments was because the hosts have in the past 4 years, been the forebearers when it comes to high scoring. Their opener Jason Roy reiterated the same when he was asked about whether his team will post a total in excess of 500 during the World Cup.advertisement”Yes (chances of posting 500-plus totals).We almost did it last year and we had a couple of overs where we were a bit slack in that game so why not,” Jason Roy had told Daily Mail.Just about a month later, Kohli’s words ring truer than ever before. When Sri Lanka successfully defended a mere 201 against Afghanistan in just the 7th match of the World Cup, people dismissed it as an inherent fault of a weak Afghan side. But 2 matches later when New Zealand huffed and puffed their way to the 245-run target set by Bangladesh, the world was forced to sit up and take notice.The moment which really shook everyone into harking back to Kohli’s words came when Sri Lanka defended 232 against hosts and hot favourites England. The very next day Kohli himself was in the thick of the action as India just about managed to thwart Afghanistan’s pursuit of the 225-run target set by the Men in Blue.In the past week we have also seen Bangladesh defend 262 against Afghanistan, England falling 64 runs short of 286-run target agsinst Australia and India again bundling West Indies for 143 in a chase of 269.Therefore, Kohli’s prophecy regarding the pressure of World Cup matches is certainly proving to be true as we have already seen 8 instances of a sub-300 total being defended by various countries so far. After all this only one question remains: Did Kohli make a prediction regarding who will win the World Cup? You’d have to ask the man himself.Also Read | Virat Kohli creates World Cup history for IndiaAlso Read | Manchester is blue: Virat Kohli flaunts India support after World Cup win over West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow India VS West IndiesFollow India vs Englandlast_img read more