Kohli will bounce back into form in Champions Trophy: Kapil

Jonathan Hernandez
May 18, 2017

The tournament will be inaugurated by the Prince of Wales, on Thursday at Oval ground, He will meet with the players of the teams also.

Australia will start their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand in Birmingham on June 2. "Some guys have not had much game time recently so I want to make sure they all get a chance to play", Domingo said as the Proteas prepared to leave for England, where their first warm-up match is on Friday, against Sussex in Hove. "New Zealand has sent a lot of other players - I wouldn't say a second-string squad - for the triangular series in Ireland, which in some respects is good because it helps you develop depth to compensate for any injuries".

The former captain also heaped praises on the all-rounder duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, rating them better than most of yesteryear cricketers.

"I think he needs to play a few balls before settling down". From outside we can say that the Indian team has reached that level wherein it is only bothered about the performance which is a good sign and a bad sign. good because it knows its strength and it is not anxious, but some times you tend to underestimate the other team's strength and that can be a little dicey.

Asked whether yesterday's half century for Rising Pune Supergiant against Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifier 1 here signalled Ajinkya Rahane's return to form, Kapil said he was hoping the innings would boost the batsman's confidence in the Champions Trophy.

ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, said: "The ICC are delighted to be partnering again with Visit Birmingham and Birmingham City Council for the ICC Champions Trophy, after the great success of 2013. We're just looking to find the suitable combination for whatever the conditions are, whether that means playing Keshav Maharaj as well to give us more batting depth or do we go with both Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada?" We can't expect Dhoni or Yuvraj to be the same, as they were 15 years back. "And yes, India is holding an edge against Pakistan when it come to an ICC event", he said. "I'm not too anxious about it honestly, I'm really excited to move forward, I'm hitting the ball as well as ever so I think there are some big scores to come", he added. "They have ruthless players, but the Indian team, on paper, looks far better", he signed off. Pakistan has nothing to lose at this stage. When you look back home and watch the games on television, you know that they are high-profile games, there is a lot of pressure on you as a player. They have everything to gain. They are far better [than us].

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