Kohli: The Chastened Skipper Of India

It was weird because everything that we tried was going against us. It does not matter where you play, as the aim is to win matches. "A lot of players from other countries have echoed the same feeling about how much talent India is throwing up from IPL and it will continue to happen", signed off Ashwin.

"I think Australia has a great chance". You take a lot away from failures which is what I have always cherished.

The West Indian legend said that England are his firm favourites because of the home conditions.

"We have a few changes now but the mindset is similar - to enjoy the cricket and the results will follow". They were enjoying batting alongside each other.

"I would never play for redemption".

"I was going through an injury which was hampering me from putting my best performance on the park". India's Jasprit Bumrah and South Africa's Kagiso Rabada can also create a huge impact while Pakistan's Babar Azam will have a point to prove with the bat.

The Champions Trophy is scheduled to begin from June 1 when hosts England taking on Bangladesh while India will begin their campaign three days later.

"In a World Cup you have league games and you have time to get into the tournament and dominate in the later half".

But Hussey, who is known as Mr. Cricket for his dedication and extensive knowledge of the game, is confident that the Indian captain will show his class once again in the Champions Trophy. "That's the biggest challenge, something that all the players love playing, for sure". "If you think too far ahead and try and think you are defending the title, it is going to put unnecessary undue pressure on you".

"As far as the team goes, we won last time because our fast bowlers did very well, our spinners were strong and our opening batsman did well".

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.

"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 as well", he added. "Maybe it was to teach me to balance things out and take a step back and think about how much you can do on the field and how much intensity with which you can play - may choose your phases".

"The hunger to win and ruthlessness is what we speak about all the time". Even if we close the series off we want to win it without losing a game or maybe drawing a game as well, if possible.

Share your thoughts on the tournament with us - get in touch on Twitter or via Facebook. "Mentally, it's up to individuals to base their game in a way that they can switch pretty quickly, because that is the need of the game in this day and age", he said. As for Australia, they've got a nicely balanced squad.

  • Julie Sanders