Indian Cricket Team captain, Virat Kohli is strongly confident to preserve the Champions Trophy Crown next month. Kohli says his squad is well balanced with the right mentality to replicate their earlier success.
According to Kohli, India will benefit from a fitter, more mature squad when they begin their defence of the Champions Trophy next month, but the team has little room for error because of the tournament’s short format.
In 2013, India had clinched the victory from the hands of hosts England in the final at Edgbaston. Indian team has reached London for the tournament starting on June. India will begin its Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4.
Kohli, who was part of Indian Team in 2013, is enjoying the chance to lead India’s title defence. He says, “This year the team is a lot fitter, the cricketers are a lot more mature because that was a very young group four 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.”
He added further, “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.”
Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also included in the Indian team and Kohli is fully optimistic that 35-year-old Dhoni will thrive during the tournament.
Kohli said,”We needed to strengthen our lower middle order contribution.I felt too much burden 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,” he added.
He said further,”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.”