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, February 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.

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114