Monday 25 February 2019 3:43 AM UTC
Visakhapatnam Feb 25: Team India paid homage to the soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack by wearing black armbands and holding a two-minute silence before the start of the first T20 International against Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
As many as 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terror attack in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. On the eve of the T20I series opener, India skipper Virat Kohli at the press conference had said: “Our sincere condolences to the families of CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack.”
Talking about the match between India and Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Cup, Kohli said: “We stand by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do.”
Following the Pulwama attack, many fans and cricketers have demanded that India should boycott Pakistan in the World Cup, which starts on May 30 in England and Wales.
On Sunday, India were asked to bat in Visakhapatnam as Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to field.
“It looks like a really nice wicket and I don’t think it is going to change much,” Finch said at the toss.
Kohli returned to action after a brief break to lead the Indian team. Even though the Indian skipper wanted more ODIs in place of the T20I matches, he said that his team would like to treat these T20I games as an extended preparation for the World Cup.
“Probably, a couple of more ODIs would have been more beneficial for both the teams not just us. It would have been more ideal and logical,” Kohli said.
“But look we have to utilise what’s in front of us as best as possible. And as I said we’re going to look to get into the right kind of frame of mind as a team,” he added.
The core team for the World Cup is set but Kohli didn’t rule out an exceptional performer getting a look in.
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