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Virat Kohli Picks The Strongest Side In ICC Champions Trophy 2017

28 May 2017

"The hype and atmosphere around the India-Pakistan match is beyond our control, but for us it is the same as any other match", he added. "So, the fact that all of these players are in good form is crucial for the chances of any team in such a high-profile competition".

"I think the only challenge I feel is taking care of your body".

Pakistan have yet to lift this particular trophy, but come to England with a sense of freedom as they look to reach a first-ever final - with excitement the main emotion heading into the tournament.

Kohli may be the star of the team, but old stagers Yuvraj Singh and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni still have major roles to play. "If we can think about our games in that manner, we get the results more often than not". According to Hussey, England's balance, coupled with the advantage of playing at home, and Australia's X-factor make them firm favourites to progress out of Group A, that also involves New Zealand and Bangladesh, and eventually lock horns in the final again.

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Virat Kohli who arrived yesterday in the U.K to take part in Champions Trophy said that he is saddened by the Manchester blasts but his focus is only on Champions Trophy which is of paramount importance.

They need to get acclimatised to the conditions as quickly as possible - although apart from the weather there really isn't that much to worry about, because limited-overs pitches around the world these days are pretty similar - and these two games each will definitely help in that regard.

"The Indian ODI team has been playing well in recent times and the players selected for the Champions Trophy squad have been in top form".

"I don't think you can have too much similarity in both formats (T20 and ODI) but I think from getting some game time, from that point of view. But they have managed to continue that mindset pretty well, I don't see anyone taking a backwards step at any stage of the game, and that is pretty fantastic to see". What we've got to see is how freely they played in the last series (versus England). I will regard them as the two strongest pillars of the team.

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Sarfraz told media in Birmingham that he is confident of a good show from the team, adding that players are eager to start the tournament on a positive note with a win against India. James Grindrod won Player of the Year at the awards for the Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC), a year-round cricket programme for disabled young people aged 14-25.

When asked about India's prospects of defending the Champions Trophy title, the ace Indian off-spinner said, "As far as I am concerned, handling pressure is all about one game at a time".

India have the upper hand going into the match as they have bested Pakistan in their last three meetings at the 2015 World Cup, the 2016 Asia Cup and last year's World Twenty20.

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