Indian skipper Virat Kohli wants his World Cup bound teammates to keep their composure intact during the Indian Premier League. He is worried that by playing in the cash rich league, players could pick up bad habits.
He doesn’t want players to drift away from their ODI game while playing for their respective franchises.
“They have to make sure that their games don’t go (drift) too much away from the one-day mold of things. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL,” Kohli told reporters ahead of their first T20I against Australia.
World Cup is the most important tournament for Virat Kohli and he is expecting his teammates to treat the upcoming event in the same way.
“That (not picking up bad habit) will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment you enter the nets and create bad habits, you lose the momentum and you lose batting form. It is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup,” Kohli warned his teammates.
He also spoke about managing workload during the IPL.
“If your team is in a great position during the tournament, you don’t mind taking 2-3 games off also. It all depends on how you feel physically but everyone has to be really honest about it to themselves and accordingly see how they feel and not push themselves to the limit that might hamper the Indian team later on,” he added.