The Indian team will face their second semi-final against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Birmingham On Thursday, June 15th at 3 pm.
Last games of India have seen the bad game against Sri Lanka where the bowlers failed to defend a high total. With all bases covered, India needs to seal their spot in the final but for that to happen they need to go past Bangladesh, who are a dangerous side, have been chasing down a good total against New Zealand.
Talking to media ahead of their second semi-final match against Bangladesh, skipper Virat Kohli looked positive about India’s chances that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might retain in playing XI after good games against South Africa.
Kohli said “We gave a lot of people chances in the practice games. Everyone has done well. I think Ashwin was brilliant in the last game. There is no need to change anything.”
Indian middle order has not been tested so far in the tournament with the top-order scoring all the runs. Kohli said “Given an opportunity, everyone would like to finish games. Kedar (Jadhav) and Hardik (Pandya) are playing well in the lower middle-order.”
The 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said about whether they will take lightly on their second semi-final against Bangladesh. “Bangladesh have really improved as a team. They have taken huge strides in the last couple of years. You can never take any opposition lightly.”
“Bangladesh are among the top 8 teams in the world. They have a lot of skilled cricketers. The other day they were outstanding when they chased the total down (vs New Zealand). They are a very competitive side. Our opposition can be anybody, we are not thinking about that.”
Kohli feels that his side will reach the final of the tournament; he said “We are happy to reach the semi-finals. Credit goes to the players. We are a good limited overs side, we have reached the semi-finals of the last 3 big tournaments, hopefully, we will reach the final.”
When asked whether there would be any pressure on him while playing the match against Bangladesh, Kohli said “My thinking is always the same before big matches. My thinking does not change for any match. Once you are in a knockout stage, the team gets into a tough zone.”