Former Indian captain and renowned chasemaster Virat Kohli expressed his delight over the recently announced schedule for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. Kohli eagerly waits playing in Mumbai, considering it the venue he is most excited about during the tournament, which will be held in India.
Sharing his thoughts on the upcoming World Cup, Kohli said, “Personally, I’m looking forward to playing in Mumbai in this World Cup. It’ll be great to experience that atmosphere again. I can understand what they went through and how special it is to play at a home World Cup, and how excited people are going to be.”
Recalling the 2011 World Cup final, where India emerged victorious by six wickets against Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium, Kohli emphasised the significance of playing a World Cup on home soil. In that memorable final, Kohli played a crucial role, contributing 35 runs from 49 balls before being dismissed by a stunning catch from Tilakaratne Dilshan.
Reflecting on his experience as a young player during the 2011 tournament, Kohli added, “I was quite young then. I saw what it meant to the seniors. I can understand what they went through and how special it is to play a home World Cup and how excited they are going to be.”
The upcoming World Cup holds great significance for Kohli and the Indian team, as they aim to replicate their success from 2011 and lift the coveted trophy once again. Playing in Mumbai will be a nostalgic and emotional experience for Kohli as he relives the memorable moments of the triumphant 2011 campaign.
Mumbai has a rich cricketing history and is known for its passionate fans, which create an electric atmosphere at matches. The city’s cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the World Cup, ready to support and cheer for the Indian team with fervour.