Kohli says Champions Trophy more competitive than WC

In the World Cup, you can still have league games and you can have yourself to get into the World Cup, then may be dominant in the later half, but in Champions Trophy, you need to be on top of your game from ball one, if you are not, chances go down very soon.

The incident, which police believe to have been a suicide bombing, took place at around 10.30pm towards the end of a concert by the USA singer, Ariana Grande, and constitutes the worst terrorist atrocity in the United Kingdom since the attacks on the London Underground in July 2005. "If we think about the games in that manner, I think you will get the results more often than not", he said. Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli addressed the media on Wednesday in a mandatory interaction before departing for England along with the team.

"I don't think too numerous guys read too much into pressure".

When asked about his opinion on the IPL and how exhausting it is for Indian players, he replied, "IPL has only done good for Indian cricket".

"I think because the tournament is shorter and involves all the top teams, the Champions Trophy is far more competitive than other big tournaments".

L allows you to be in that zone. However, for professional cricketers, it remains as just another game and every team plays to win.

Last time, Rohit (Sharma) and Shikhar (Dhawan) delivered in most of the games, which helped the team. "The more opportunities that can be provided like that, giving people a chance to go to these tournaments like the IPL, the Big Bash, you'll see that benefit us as an global side".

"It's similar with guys like Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Billings, all those guys who went out there, you can see the development that's gone on within their games".

We're not going with that mindset.

"Ruthlessness is something that we definitely speak about all the time". From a mindset point of view it made me realise that you can not do everything in every game. "I also learnt a lot as captain". The atmosphere around us is built like life and death especially for cricketers from the subcontinent. Indian and Pakistani fans are passionate about the game, and we're sure that they will be entertained. We don't like losing or drawing (in Test matches) games. But in our heads, playing against any other team, be it England [or] Australia [or] South Africa, it is all the same. There is no need to talk to anyone. "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. In the last series as well, they were playing freely.

  • Julie Sanders