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Not bothered that middle and lower order is untested: Virat Kohli

15 June 2017

The India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final match will be played at Stadium in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. He's been a total match-winner for India, won so many big tournaments in big cities, and this is just a testimony to the kind of talent he possesses.

India thrashed Bangladesh by 240 runs in a warm-up match at the Oval last month, a fixture where the Tigers collapsed to 84 all out. "The whole nation will be with us, as they were in our desperate times and good times". As we have seen in the league stages as well, a lot of teams have surprised the opposition, and we are certainly not taking anything for granted.

The star batsman added: "Going into a big game like this, we're going to treat it as how we treated the last game. And our mindset does not differ", Kohli told the reporters.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed. This will not be an easy fixture for India, as Bangladesh have shown in recent times that they can beat the best. "Our system is very good, our age-level cricket is fantastic now they have the opportunity to play cricket".

As we move along, we take you through the reasons why Bangladesh has every chance of causing an upset in the all-important clash.

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Kohli said: "His contribution to cricket has been outstanding". They themselves say that in the last couple of years.

The step-up in competition was tough, from 1999 to 2004 the side lost 71 of 72 completed matches, but by the mid-2000's Bangladesh were starting to show signs of promise.

Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has led the charge of India's bowlers by vaulting 13 places to share 23rd spot with Afghanistan's Hamza Hotak.

Bangladesh have long discarded their reputation as the whipping boys of elite worldwide cricket, particularly in the one-day format, and earned a first semi-final spot in a global competition with a thrilling win over New Zealand.

Skipper Virat Kohli has already called on his side to stop dwelling on their past laurels and not to take Bangladesh for granted in the second semi-final.

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In 2016, a heartbreaking defeat against India despite being the best team for 39.3 overs.

"I think India have got more pressure than us because the huge population is there, and people love cricket in India a lot".

Having experienced players in the armoury is always an added advantage while going into a high-voltage World tournament like the Champions Trophy. Let's pray for a cracker of a game under glorious sunshine and hope that emotions do not triumph over wisdom, which was the case in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal in Australia and the 2016 World T20 group stage game against the same team in India.

"It happens sometimes in cricket, but we need to forget it and move on".

Besides the openers, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been in good nick and have the capibility to snatch the match away from Bangladesh on their own with individual performances.

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