ICC to ensure robust safety and security plan for CT 2017
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 7:10
India will be focusing on being ruthless when they get down to defend their Champions Trophy title next month, captain Virat Kohli emphasised during the pre-departure media conference in Mumbai on Wednesday.
He further expressed hope that both players continue to playing freely as they did in India's last ODI series against England. Ruthlessness is something we speak all the time to close series off. "We are taking matches one by one and the Pakistan team is hopeful of building some confidence starting in the warm-up matches".
India will begin its title defence against arch rival Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham following matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 8 and June 11 respectively. "So we are up for the challenge", he said. But in Champions Trophy you need to be on the top of your game from game one. But a defiant Kohli said: "For a few people it can be a nervous time, but as a squad you don't have time to focus on those factors". It was freakish and may be it was to teach me to balance things out and take a step back and think about how much you can to on the field and how much intensity with which you can play, may be choose your phases.
Yorkshire seamer Willey was not scarred by that embarrassment after making his one-day global debut just after and perhaps that is why he speaks with such confidence about what England could achieve next month.
"If you are not, then your chances go down pretty soon". From then to now, I have shown I am strong mentally. Some people can not connect the two formats at all, some take the bits and pieces and put them into place in all three formats. When we went there the last time.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who had a regrettable performance in England three years ago, has said that his priority would be to overcome the challenges he faced during the tour for his personal satisfaction. From a mind set point of view, it made me realise that you can not do everything in every game. In an interview with cricket.com.au, when Hussey was asked his feeling about who the finalists will be in the tournament, he replied, "Australia, and as much as I hate to say it, England". I realised that you need to control the aggression with which you need to play. Sarfraz has said Pakistan, who are now ranked No.8 in the ICC rankings, will not take Bangladesh lightly, having recently beaten New Zealand for the first time overseas and jumping to a high of No.6 in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
They need to get acclimatised to the conditions as quickly as possible - although apart from the weather there really isn't that much to worry about, because limited-overs pitches around the world these days are pretty similar - and these two games each will definitely help in that regard.