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'It's a different ball game for me'

India captain Virat Kohli has said the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 will be a "different ball game" for him, given it is his first as captain and his level of involvement will be a lot more than in his two previous outings.

The tournament in England and Wales will be Kohli's third in his 11-year career. He won the 2011 World Cup in India, playing a crucial role in the final, but he was just 22 at the time. In the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand, he was an integral part of the side, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni was still captain as India made the semi-finals.

The 2019 edition will be the first in which Kohli will be completely "involved" and he said he's looking forward to it. "In 2011, I was there but I wasn't involved in team meetings, decision-making," he told India Today in a chat. "In 2015, [I didn't have] to be a part of everything.

"But, to understand the magnitude of a tournament like this from a captain's point of view [this time] along with the team management, it's a different ball game.

"It's something I'm looking forward to. When you play international cricket for so long, after a while, you need a bigger challenge. I don't think there is a bigger challenge than World Cup. We have played so much cricket over the past few years and to find a tournament like this where every team is up and running again, [I am] so excited for it. I think it's amazing."

India announced their 15-man squad for the tournament on Monday, and Kohli believed it was one of the "most balanced" teams they have had.

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