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NEW DELHI : As we get ready for the 2019 cricket World Cup, Virat Kohli and his men will be hoping to become the second most successful side in the history of the competition. The Men in Blue currently have two titles (1983 & 2011) along with West Indies (1975 & 1979). Australia, the most successful team with five titles to their name and come into the competition as defending champions.

The twelfth edition of the quadrennial event will be played across 11 venues in England and Wales. 'Team India, in the first phase will be playing their nine matches in six of the 11 chosen venues. Should the team reach the finals, there will be another venue i.e. Lord’s, the home of cricket, the venue at which India lifted their inaugural World Cup in 1983, against all odds.

Here is a look at the six venues at which India will strut their stuff at the 2019 World Cup.

Rose Bowl

Home County – Hampshire

Matches to be played -2 vs. (South Africa and Afghanistan)

India have played at the Rose Bowl thrice in the 50 over format of the game and have quite a poor record at the venue, losing twice and winning just once and that too against Kenya. With every game important, India will need to improve upon their record at venue where they get their campaign underway against South Africa and then face Afghanistan later in the tournament.

Kennington Oval

Home County – Surrey

Matches to be played -1 vs. (Australia)

One of the iconic cricket grounds in the world with some of very prominent structures around the ground. One of them is the Oval gasholders. India have won five games at the venue out of the 15 played here and the team will need to be at their best to tackle a resurgent Australia, who beat India at the same venue in the 1999 World Cup to all but end hopes of advancing in the competition.

Trent Bridge

Home County – Nottinghamshire

Matches to be played -1 vs. (New Zealand)

India have a 50-50 record at this picturesque ground, winning three out of the six matches played. India take on New Zealand and after the drubbing they got in the first warm-up match against the Kiwis they would be looking to set the record straight against the losing finalists from the 2015 edition.

Old Trafford

Home County – Lancashire

Matches to be played -2 vs (Pakistan, West indies)

Of the eight games India have played at this ground, the team has managed to win only three. However, one of the three wins that India mustered in Manchester was against Pakistan during the 1999 World Cup and the team will be hoping for a repeat this time round too. India have also beaten West Indies in their only encounter at Old Trafford. Although, India’s overall record is pretty poor at the Red Rose County playing Pakistan and West Indies should give cause for optimism.

Edgbaston

Home County – Warwickshire

Matches to be played -2 vs (England, Bangladesh)

It’s one of those grounds where India have a good record in ODIs. India have won seven of their 10 matches at the venue. India knocked out England from the 1999 World Cup at Edgbaston to advance themselves and also beat Bangladesh in the 2017 Champions Trophy. India could have a psychological advantage against both as the teams lock horns.

Headingley

Home County – Yorkshire

Matches to be played -1 vs. (Sri Lanka)

India have won only a third of the nine matches they have played at Leeds. India take on Sri Lanka in their last match of the first phase against Sri Lanka. The two teams have never played against each other at the home of White Rose County and with Sri Lanka in a downward spiral the Men in Blue will fancy their chances against the men from the Emerald Island.

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