India confident of defending title - Virat Kohli

Ross Houston
May 27, 2017

Talking about IPL 2017; which he missed due to injury; Ashwin said that the T20 tournament has proved to be beneficial for not only Indian players but also talented cricketers from overseas.

When India emerged victorious in England in 2013, the fate of Champions Trophy was unclear, with an ICC Test Championship being explored in place of the eight-team ODI event.

"England are playing some very good cricket and it is an improved brand in comparison to what it did in the ICC Cricket World Cup".

"We are in a good head-space going into this tournament".

"We have a better record against India in the Champions Trophy, not in other competitions".

"The tournament is being played in Ramazan and it's a good opportunity for us to give the nation an Eid gift by winning the tournament", he said.

India, who begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4, preferred experience over youth when selecting the squad, which includes former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and limited-overs stalwart Yuvraj Singh. As far as the mindset was concerned, it made me realise that I can not do everything in every game.

"Ruthlessness is something we definitely speak about all the time". "When you are playing for India, you really do not need any other motivation".

"Given all these facts, I am very hopeful that the Indian team can repeat the performances of the 2013 edition of the Champions Trophy". "If you talk about the longer format of the game, then I did not do well here three years ago", he said.

"In the World Cup, you can still have the league games and you have yourselves to get into the World Cup and then dominate in the latter half", Kohli said.

And while that game may be particularly special for the fans back home, Sarfraz is adamant his side will take its preparations one day, and one game, at a time. There are a few changes (in current side) but the mindset is similar - to go out there and enjoy our cricket.

"We don't see us as having a surprise element, we want to come here and play free cricket, starting against India".

"I don't think you can have too much similarity in both formats but getting some game time it helps a lot of people to stay in the zone of being match-fit", he said. "I think that's the biggest challenge". England brings a lot for challenges for a batsmen and I want to overcome them personally for my satisfaction at the end of my career."We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels", it added. It might be in the subcontinent, might be England, Australia and South Africa. Both England and Australia have been pooled in Group A along with New Zealand and Bangladesh.

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