We plan to keep it simple in WC: Kohli

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Published: Friday, February 4, 2011, 9:58 [IST]
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We plan to keep it simple in WC: Kohli

New Delhi, Feb 3: The greatest challenge in the upcoming world cup would be to deter the external pressures from marring once's game, feels Indian top-order batsman Virat Kohli.

"Playing World Cup in itself is a huge pressure. There will be people who would expect us to do well. The biggest challenge will therefore be not to get distracted by that and concentrate at the job on hand," the 22-year-old Kohli said while interacting with the media at a promotional event on Thursday.

The former Under-19 team captain, who has four centuries from 45 ODIs to his credit and enjoys a spectacular average of around 47, said he just tries to keep things simple.

"I just try to play according to my strength and not do anything special. With experience of having played international cricket for the past two years, I have learnt that if one tries too hard for something special, one might just spoil the ability to do things that come naturally.

He also says that he has grown as a cricketer because of his ability to identify weaknesses and correct them.

"It's hard not to make mistakes but with time you learn from them and the key to success is not repeating the same mistakes over and over again."

Kohli rubbished the idea that injury management has been an issue with Indian players of late as the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Praveen Kumar have all been injured in the lead up to the World Cup.

"No player likes to get injured. But when you are playing so much of cricket, the body tends to get tired and thus injuries happen. You may be the fittest guy around but suddenly you can twist an ankle and be out of action for six months.It is definitely a bad time to get injured. No one gets injured intentionally and this is unfortunate that some of our players have sustained injuries."

In the end Kohli said that winning the World Cup would be the greatest present an Indian team member could hand their oldest veteran - Sachin Tendulkar. "What he (Sachin) has achieved in his entire career, I don't think anyone else will be able to achieve that. So it will be a great thing if we can win the World Cup not only for our fans but also for Sachin who is a special person," added Kohli.


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