ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli wants IPL like playoffs in ICC tournaments, Here's why

Virat Kohli stressed the fact that an IPL like playoffs would give more importance to teams which finish at the top of the table. These words came after Team India's loss against New Zealand in the semi-finals
ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli wants IPL like playoffs in ICC tournaments, Here's whyICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli wants IPL like playoffs in ICC tournaments, Here's why
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Team India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign ended when they lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-finals at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday. Virat Kohli and his men topped the points table at the end of the league stage. They won 7 out of the 9 games with 7 wins, a loss against England and a washout against New Zealand. Kohli said that an IPL like playoff can be considered to give more importance to the teams which top the table.

The Indian skipper in the post-match conference said, "Who knows in the future. Maybe. If topping the table means anything. I think these things can come into consideration, looking at the magnitude of this tournament. That is a really valid point. You never know when that is going to be implemented. But I think that's the challenge and different kind of fun of these games as well that you have to be precise. It doesn't matter what you have done before that. It's a fresh day, fresh start, and if you are not good enough, you go home. So you have to accept that, as I said. It's a different challenge for all the teams to turn up on that day and be absolutely at the top of their game and whoever does that they get the result, as you saw today"

The playoff was first introduced in the fourth edition of the IPL in 2011 so as to give more importance to teams which finish at the top of the table. In this format, the top two teams clash against each other in Qualifier 1. The winner of Qualifier 1 directly qualifies to the final, whereas the loser gets a chance to play in the Qualifier 2 where they meet the winner of Eliminator 1.

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