Battle of Kohli's passion, Smith's determination and Morgan's ambition
During the next six and half weeks 10 countries will play against each other
The Indian team would strive to make it a memorable World Cup swansong for MS Dhoni, who will be playing his final mega event
London: His batting conquests are already a stuff of legends and a World Cup victory will be like the 'Kohinoor' in 'King' Virat Kohli's crown. His tunnel vision quest for the crowning glory will be littered with many hurdles – which may come in the garb of Steve Smith and David Warner, the Australians who have been longing for a career resurrection for more than 12 months now. And then there is Irishman Eoin Morgan leading the England team, as he seeks to end a '44-year-old English itch' – no WC victory since 1975 – backed by a team packed with talent and ambition like never before. During the next six and half weeks 10 countries will play against each other for global cricket's most coveted crown and the battle will begin with a clash between firm favourites and hosts England and South Africa on Thursday.