Is India's Cricket World Cup Squad Finalised? Here's What Kohli, Shastri Reveal

Is India's Cricket World Cup Squad Finalised? Here's What Kohli, Shastri Reveal

Is India's Cricket World Cup Squad Finalised? Here's What Kohli, Shastri Reveal

"This is like the Indian team not having Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. But when it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field or a fight as people want to call it excitedly, I have been completely ok with playing without the altercation", Kohli told mediapersons at the pre-departure press conference. If that falls off, maybe because of some people feel the pressure of not scoring runs, some people feel the pressure of the varies, everyone goes through that but it's important to get your focus back to what the team wants. That is what we are working towards because he finishes one day, I finish playing one day but Indian cricket stays here and we are contributing towards that.

"But I think we have learnt those things enough".

"The contribution that he has brought to the table ever since we began building this team is that he has made us believe we belong to this level".

On the perception that Shastri is Kohli's "yes" man, the captain said: "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freaky thing that I have heard". He is one guy whom I can speak to and get an honest opinion.

"At a time when we were going through a hard phase in England in 2014 - he has been the most important factor in helping me get out of my shell".

"I am very happy within my own space, so on a personal level, I don't find any need to go and find these things anymore".

"There are not too many games now: we have got eight good games in Australia and New Zealand and then five against Australia here". When questioned about perceptions of Shastri being Kohli's "Yes Man", the Indian captain laughed it off. "As long as our heart is clear and our intent is right, we just want to keep moving forward".

"I've made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone else in the past", the Indian captain further added. "So 13 games. So we will try and play the best team at all times". I don't think there is anyone who is said no to me more than him [Shastri] in Indian cricket. You don't find the need for all that.

Mumbai: As India prepares for the challenging tour to Australia, that includes four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is, head coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday said the time for "chopping and changing" in the ODI format is over and the team management will work on picking the top 15 for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales next year.