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IPL will have no bearing on World Cup selection: Kohli

IPL, Kohli, World Cup

Hyderabad : India captain Virat Kohli Friday said IPL performances will have "no influence" on the World Cup team selection, calling the speculation a "very, very radical analysis". With 12 to 13 slots more or less locked, India will be zeroing in on their last couple of slots for the World Cup, whichstarts May 30 in England, after the five games in the upcoming ODI series against Australia. No, I don't see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis," the Indian captain, known for his forthright views, said on the eve of the first ODI here.

There were talks that IPL could be a possible shoot-out between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant for the second wicketkeeper's slot but Kohli said that one good IPL won't make much of a difference for any World Cup hopeful. "We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup. I don't see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players.

"If one or two players do not have a good IPL season, it doesn't mean that they are out of the picture for the World Cup. Those things are not going to matter," Kohli set the record straight. Talking about the remaining slots, Kohli is keen to give Pant some game time but certainly not at the cost of playing a bowler less, taking the field restrictions into account.

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