Kohli warns India over 'bad habits' in IPL

Virat Kohli warned India must avoid getting into "bad habits" during the Indian Premier League with the Cricket World Cup fast approaching.

India start a two-match Twenty20 series against Australia on Sunday, which will be followed by five ODIs.

The IPL gets under way at the end of next month and Kohli is wary of a lack of 50-over preparation for his side ahead of the World Cup in England.

"All the people who are going to be part of the World Cup squad, they have to make sure that their games don't go too much away from the one-day mould of things," said the India captain.

"That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL. We need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy about where their game is at that particular moment.

"That will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment we enter the nets and create bad habits, and you lose momentum, you lose batting form, it is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup.

"So from that point of view, everyone will have to protect that mindset and be aligned towards what the team requires of them."

India's last ODI will be against Australia in Delhi over two months before their opening World Cup warm-up against New Zealand, a schedule which Kohli says is far from ideal.

"Yeah, that [a few more ODIs] would have been ideal. More, I would say logical. But that's the way series are compiled nowadays and we have to more or less play that," he added.

"Also because we are playing so much T20 cricket in the IPL so probably a couple of more ODIs would have been more beneficial. For both the teams, not just us. But look, we have to utilise what's in front of us as best as possible. We're going to look to get into the right kind of frame of mind as a team."

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