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Moeen Ali has bold message for Virat Kohli ahead of India, England clash

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 June 2019, 15:00 IST

Prior to the clash between heavyweights India and England, all-rounder Moeen Ali believes that it means a lot for any bowler to take the wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Further off the all rounder is confident that he can take the wicket of Virat Kohli early in the innings when he comes in to bat.

Virat Kohli, who already has four half centuries to his name in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, is yet to score a hundred and has his eyes set on England.

“Virat knows he's there to score runs for India, while I'm here to get him out (or score some myself). It means a lot to get a player like him out but you can still be friends trying to do it," wrote Moeen Ali in his blog for The Guardian.

Moeen Ali has dismissed Kohli in six occasions across all formats of the game and has managed to create problems for the Indian skipper in the past.

Coming to this World Cup, England was one of the hot favourites to win the championship, but, their back to back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia have jeopardized their chances of even getting into the semi finals.

To make into the last four, England need to win both their remaining matches against India and New Zealand. However it would require a much improved performance in all the three aspects from the host England in order to beat India who are in top form in the World Cup 2019.

Moeen Ali also asserted that the pressure of the game will be on the men in blue, as Indian players are under great pressure to perform.

"The pressure of being the home side shouldn't be a factor. Our next opponent, India, are a good reminder of this because we don't have to deal with nearly the same amount of expectation as they do. They are superstars back home. Win and they are showered with praise, lose and they are on the receiving end of harsh criticism. And they aren't able to lead everyday lives when they're not playing because of the attention they receive," Moeen Ali wrote.

England will face India in the much anticipated World Cup match on Sunday at Edgbaston.

First published: 29 June 2019, 15:00 IST