India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli targets 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup after winning first ever ODI series in Rainbow nation

India's first ever ODI series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country to win the 2019 World Cup, captain Virat Kohli said.

Reuters, Feb,14 2018

Port Elizabeth: India's first ever one-day international series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country's hopes of a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said.

"We are a team that always wants to think of ways we can improve and after this tour, we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind," he said after India took a 4-1 lead in the six-match series on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli has targeted winning the World Cup in 2019 after winning India's first ODI series in South Africa. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCI

Virat Kohli has targeted winning the World Cup in 2019 after winning India's first ODI series in South Africa. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCI

"It's a wonderful feeling to have created some history. The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well," he added after the Port Elizabeth triumph.

Success in the series has lifted India above South Africa in the International Cricket Council's one-day rankings and they retained their No 1 status in tests as well despite losing 2-1 to the South Africans last month.

"For now, 4-1 feels amazing. Obviously, the players put up some really good cricket to be in this position," Kohli added.

The last match of the ODI series is in Pretoria on Friday.

"We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance," Kohli said with the series won using only 12 of India’s 17-man squad.

The 2019 World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales, where India won their first global title in 1983 before adding a second on home soil in 2011.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2345 123
3 India 3385 121
4 New Zealand 2878 120
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112