Virat Kohli: Playing cricket in USA will create a lot of buzz and interest

Ahead of the game, Kohli had also admitted that the first few days after the semis loss in the World Cup 2019 were difficult, but the team had to move on as they are professionals.
Virat Kohli: Playing cricket in USA will create a lot of buzz and interest
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Team India , who are playing their first game after the World Cup 2019 semis loss against West Indies in Florida, are in a healthy situation in the first T20I, having reduced Windies to 62 for 6. Playing in USA, the ICC is eager to expand its global footprint and tap into the market in the country. 

Ahead of the game, Indian captain Virat Kohli stated that international cricket in USA is still in its nascent stage, but hoped that playing more games here would help even the American community take a keen interest in cricket. 

"For now, I think it's all about creating that buzz and just getting people in to watch the games," Kohli said on the eve of the first T20I, which takes place on Saturday, 3 August. "The more we come here and play, obviously, the game is going to get more and more buzz around it, people are going to talk about it. 

“You see 15,000-20,000 people going to a place to watch something, obviously it should be important. Hopefully, in years to come, people will have more interest. Local people in America as well, not just the Asian community or the West Indian community, but the whole community in general will have more interest in the sport.

"I think T20 cricket is something that can be understood and accepted in the American culture because of the length of the game, and it's quite entertaining as well. So I think for the sport to become global in many ways, a lot of interest here will go a long way in achieving that for the sport. Hopefully, in years to come, we'll have more tournaments and more series here, where people just come in and start understanding the sport and just having fun like they do in any other sporting event here."

 

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