Need to strengthen lower middle order batting, says Kohli

"I am very excited to be playing as captain in my first major ICC competition", he said. Kumar was the head of security when the World T20 Championship was hosted by India previous year. "I'm sure they'll be eager to go a long way in this tournament". I think those could go on to be the most competitive games you could be part of before a tournament like the Champions Trophy.

Replying to question on senior players Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli said he doesn't need to tell anything to the duo as they have vast experience and they will play their natural games. We would like to stick to the same strengths.

"He wasn't able to express himself purely because of the fact there are not enough guys showing composure to finish off games with him". He then returned to skipper Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore, only to see them end last in the ladder. "It's about execution now. And there is no point in going in with the same set of skills time and again, and let the game change your skill", Ashwin said during the CEAT tyres annual awards function in Mumbai.

The 28-year-old batsman felt that the tournament will be more competitive this time around with the top eight teams in action but also asserted that the men-in-blue are up to the challenge.

But he struggled to find his best form in England three years ago, averaging less than 20 across five Test matches. "If we think about the games in that manner, I think you will get the results more often than not", he said. "I will never play for redemption and my only motivation is to keep winning games for my country and the conditions that I am playing in don't matter". I don't know why things are built up as matters of life and death for sub-continental cricketers. From a mindset point of view it made me realise that you can not do everything in every game.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has backed Virat Kohli and company to win the ICC Champions Trophy title in England and Wales starting June 1.

Notably, 22 people, including children, were killed in a suicide bombing attack at an Ariana Grande's pop concert at the Manchester Arena.

At the same time, he made it clear that there's no need to be over-excited when they begins their campaign on June 4 in Birmingham, against arch-rivals Pakistan.

"We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels", the ICC stated. From getting some game time, it helps a lot of people in staying in the zone of being match ready, to say the least.

"With all due respect I mean whatever else is going on around an issue, as a cricketer you can not even think of your partner at the non striker's end while facing a ball so forget thinking about things that are not in anyway in your control".

  • Zachary Reyes