Lucknow is abuzz with anticipation as the ODI World Cup gains intensity, and India readies itself to face off against the reigning champions, England. Virat Kohli, the batting maestro of Team India, has expressed his eagerness to challenge himself against the genuine pace of England’s bowler, Mark Wood, in the upcoming high-stakes clash.

Amid England’s struggles, currently occupying the ninth spot on the points table with just one win in five matches, Kohli recognizes the significance of the upcoming match for both teams.

When asked about the bowler he is most looking forward to confronting, Kohli specifically pointed out Mark Wood. “I’ve had prior encounters with Mark Wood, and I believe he’s an exceptional bowler with the ability to trouble batsmen. I’m eager to test myself against such genuine pace,” Virat Kohli stated during an interview on Star Sports.

Kohli also paid tribute to England’s wrist spinner, Adil Rashid, acknowledging his prowess as a challenging bowler. “Adil Rashid is an often underrated bowler who consistently performs well for England. He presents a formidable challenge, and I look forward to the contest,” he added.

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In ODIs, Kohli has an impressive record against Rashid, boasting an average of 70.66 and being dismissed by him only three times. Kohli also had words of praise for Joe Root, expressing his admiration for Root’s execution of the reverse slap shot.

“Joe Root is a remarkable all-rounder. I admire the way he executes the reverse slap shot, and I would love to incorporate that shot into my own game someday,” Kohli concluded.

Following a victory over New Zealand, Team India has been diligently preparing in Lucknow, aiming to maintain their unbeaten streak in the tournament.