On Thursday, 25th India skipper Virat Kohli said that the team has little mistake because of the tournament’s short format. His sides will gain from a fitter when they will start their defence of the Champions Trophy next month.
In the last edition of the Champions Trophy 2013, Kohli was the part of his team that trumped hosts England in the final match at Edgbaston. He said about the chance to lead India’s title defence, and the squad is well balanced with the right attitude to repeat their last success.
After arriving in London for the Champions Trophy tournament, Kohli said to reporters, “This year the team is a lot fitter, the cricketers are a lot more mature because that was a very young group years ago. It has gained a lot of experience in the last three or four years… we are in a good head-space going into this tournament.”
They (India) begin their Group B campaign against Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4, before play match between Sir Lanka and South Africa.
The 28-year-old Kohli said “I love the tournament because it represents a challenge from the (word) go. In the ICC Cricket World Cup you have a league and a lot of games to play but here it is group games and then either the semis or you are out.”
Kohli said he expects his former captain MS Dhoni, who has been included in India’s squad, to succeed during the tournament.
“We needed to strengthen our lower middle order contribution. I felt too much burdens was coming on MS Dhoni in the past couple of years. He wasn’t able to express himself purely because of the fact that there are not enough guys showing composure to finish off the game with him.”
“But now we are a balanced side. It’s about execution now. You might have the best side in the world but if you do not execute there is no point having that skill. In a tournament like this it all boils down to how you execute on the day.”