India stronger, balanced than previous editions of Champions Trophy: Zaheer

The ICC Champions Trophy 20017 sees the return of the national colours as the biggest names in the business drop their franchise colours and assemble under the country's flag.

Pakistan, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka should be competitive, while the rank outsider, Bangladesh, is capable of causing a shock - as shown in the 2015 World Cup when it beat England to reach the knockout stage. Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya steered India to a commendable score since this pair scored a 86 runs partnership for the 6th wicket.

Bangladesh will lock horns with host England in their opening game of the tournament on 1st June while India will face Pakistan at Edgbaston on 4th June.

"There is a certain game flow with the sun being out and not", he said.

Later, Anuj Dua, director of marketing for Intel's New Technology Group, detailed the innovations Intel is bringing to the current edition of Champions Trophy.

They'll be joined by Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh in Group A. The Aussies have an impressive group of pace bowlers and have excellent balance with the bat, thanks to the likes of Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Moises Henriques.

Following victories at headingley and the Rose Bowl to secure a series victory, England suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the third and final One-Day International at Lord's, reduced to 20 for six after just five overs before being bowled out for 153 as South Africa prevailed by seven wickets.

After registering a terrific win against England in 2013 India went on to lift the Champions Trophy. "We don't get to play Pakistan too many times these days, so whenever we do play a match, it's always great fun and great challenge".

I watched the technology demonstrated in real time - and its stunning. "With 160 million people - fewer only than India and Pakistan among Test nations - an insatiable zest for cricket and improving infrastructure, in sport and beyond, Bangladesh loom as world cricket's next major force", says Wigmore.

"Coaches can use their insights and expertise along with the bat sensor data to make specific adjustments to a batsman's technique ultimately helping him perform better", Srivastava added. The team that has the best all-rounders will have an edge.

It must be noted that Champions Trophy is the only ICC event where Pakistan have defeated India. The India-Pakistan rivalry on a cricket field is unparalleled.

India will play their next two matches at The Oval, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11.

"With the kind of form our frontline pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav - are in at the moment, I am sure India can do really well in the Champions Trophy".

  • Zachary Reyes