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Irfan Pathan: Indian Team can Defend the Champions Trophy

29 May 2017

Champions Trophy which is also called Mini World Cup is considered by the skipper as a more standard tournament than the World Cup.

Monday, May 29: Australia vs Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

On the possibility of pressure of playing at home backfiring on England, Hussey reckoned that the leadership group, especially captain Eoin Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss will be a calming influence on the side.

Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes stood out among the Englishmen in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. Kohli was thankful for the learning curve, but admitted the circumstances leading to Royal Challengers' last-place finish were weird.

"As I keep getting older, I think those things need to be a learning as well because you don't want to burn out too quickly". Now, with the IPL being a highly competitive tournament, it allows you to be in that zone when you play world-class players from all the teams. We have just played a very good series in the West Indies, where the players performed very well.

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While interacting with the media before the team's departure for the tour to UK, Kohli said that they would have to be at the top of the game from ball one.

Kohli and his team will play South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Group B, while England, Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand form Group A.

Sarfraz says Pakistan has a good record against India in the tournament. "Winning for India is the only thing that matters and I am exclusively focused on it". Additionally, they are well acquainted with the playing conditions in England hence, it is no surprise that Hussey feels strong about their chances.

Panesar Pakistan game will be the flawless stage for Kohli to rediscover his form.

"I think in these conditions, England will be my firm favourites". Pakistan is the match to provide him that environment.

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However, their group consists of New Zealand who also have a very strong squad whilst Bangladesh who can not be written off, especially after their win over New Zealand a few days back. Give Anil Kumble a two-year extension. Following the Test series, Kohli also played four ODIs on the tour and managed to score just 54 runs at an average of 18.00.

Ashwin has always been a player who has reinvented himself time and again to remain one of the most threatening bowlers in the Indian side. However, the good news for his fans is that he has scored a hundred in England when he smashed 107 off 102 against England in a NatWest series game at Cardiff in 2011. In 2015 just ahead of the World Cup Virat Kohli slammed a Hindustan Times reporter as well.

"I remember there being such a great vibe in 2013". All the other spinning sub-continent team are in the other group.

Kohli may be the star of the team these days, but Yuvraj and Mahendra Singh Dhoni still play a major role.

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