Kohli: Now’s the best time to play Oz

2015 World Cup

India batsman Virat Kohli feels his side have hit their peak at the right time and are in the best possible position to beat Australia in their semi-final in Sydney on Thursday.

India are unbeaten in the World Cup, having recovered from a poor Test series and dire tri-series ahead of it, and have been Down Under for five months now. Kohli feels they deserve a win against the hosts at last.

Kohli told the Cricket Australia website: "There couldn't be a better time for us. It’s an opportunity for us to do justice to the way we've played so far in Australia, and we haven't had the results."

Kohli went on to credit the bowlers in particular for their surge in form, with Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma starring on the quicker decks and beating the likes of South Africa along the way.

The batsman explained their turn-around in form after a poor early part of the tour: "We felt as a group that we need to step up and make corrections now.

"We don't really have too much time because we can't afford to go into the World Cup thinking ‘okay fine, we have things to work on but we can do that over the period of time’.

"So we immediately went to work, wrote things down, what are the things we need to improve on.

"And the way the bowlers have reacted and the way they have performed with the composure and the confidence and the aggression all together, it’s been wonderful to watch.

"So we expect the bowlers to step up if you want to beat quality sides in the world and the way they have done this in this World Cup has been commendable.

"We've played the right kind of cricket and the difference now is how our bowling attack has come into play in this World Cup taking 70 wickets in seven games.

"That’s probably been the difference, and if we continue to do that we have a great chance come game day."

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