India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Dinesh Karthik says each Indian player has some box to tick in final group game

Dinesh Karthik insists India won't take it easy in their last World Cup group match against Sri Lanka on Saturday because the title contenders want to go into the semi-finals on a high.

Agence France-Presse, Jul 05, 2019 21:48:17 IST

Dinesh Karthik insists India won't take it easy in their last World Cup group match against Sri Lanka on Saturday because the title contenders want to go into the semi-finals on a high.

Virat Kohli's side have won six of their eight group games after beating Bangladesh in their previous outing to seal a semi-final berth.

Rather than rest on their laurels, India batsman Karthik, who made his World Cup debut against Bangladesh, is adamant the team plan to fine-tune their game at Headingley this weekend.

India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Dinesh Karthik says each Indian player has some box to tick in final group game

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"For all the four teams that qualify, it's going to be a massive game (the semi-finals). So that's in the back of the mind," Karthik told reporters on Friday.

"But having said that, I think we're professional enough to go out there against Sri Lanka and play a very clinical game.

"There is scope for improvement in all aspects of our game. We've been playing a good tournament until now, but I'm sure personally each player would have some box to tick."

Defending champions Australia, two-time winners India and England and New Zealand have booked their semi-final places ahead of Saturday's last group games.

India, who are second in a table currently topped by Australia, need to beat Sri Lanka to leapfrog Aaron Finch's side.

They also need help from eliminated South Africa, who would have to beat Australia later on Saturday at Old Trafford for India to end in top spot.

Karthik insisted India, who will take on either New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday or England two days later, have no preference for their semi-final opponent.

'Any team can stand up'

"It's hard for me to say, obviously, which team will be a threat. But on any given day any team can stand up. And that's the beauty of a tournament like a World Cup," Karthik said.

"We're really looking forward to it as a team. At the same time, I think we have a game to play in Leeds. We'll do the best we can tomorrow."

India's middle order has faced flak for going slow in the final half of the innings in recent matches, with Karthik included in the line-up in place of underfire Kedar Jadhav for the Bangladesh game.

Karthik, a wicketkeeper-batsman who bats at number seven, said adapting to conditions is key on English wickets.

"Obviously, it depends first thing on the conditions. And also it depends a little bit on how many batsmen you have behind you," he said.

"When I go in at No. 7, I need to judge this -- assess the situation of the game and then play accordingly."

Teams have rarely been able to chase down scores of over 250 in this World Cup, but Karthik insists India are equipped to handle any possibility that comes their way.

"I think we as a team believe that we're good chasers, because that's what we do day in, day out," he said.

"And we're a team that actually has the ability to handle pressure very well. We'd back ourselves to chase and get the totals that we believe we can achieve."

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Updated Date: Jul 05, 2019 21:48:17 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254