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T20 World Cup: Team need to be motivated to counter Trent Boult, says Virat Kohli ahead of New Zealand clash

India skipper Virat Kohli has stated that his team need to be motivated to counter New Zealand’s left-arm pacer Trent Boult when the two sides will face off on Sunday.

“We obviously will come up against some quality bowlers all around the world in this competition. Hence, the intensity at which this tournament operates at is very different. We have played against these individuals for a long time. It is not something out of the ordinary that’s gonna come our way. It all depends on how we take the field mentally and how we counter that. If Trent says he wants to replicate what Shaheen did against us, then he is motivated to do so.

“We have to be motivated to counter that and put pressure on him and the other bowlers as well. So, that’s how the game goes,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference on Saturday.

During India’s first outing in the tournament, Shaheen Afridi got KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s wicket that turned out as the match-winning spell for Pakistan.

Kohli acknowledged that dew will become a major factor in the tournament as it progresses but stressed upon the attitude of the team to counter that uncontrollable element in the game.

“It will continue to be a big factor and that is the nature of this tournament. You can look at this situation in two ways: you can bank too much on the toss or you can challenge yourself as a team to say ‘okay, even if we lose the toss, we are good to bat or bowl in any conditions’. That should be the attitude because you don’t have time in the shortest format of the game to think too much about what happened at the toss.

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