ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli’s Team India reaches England to defend title

first_imgTeam India arrived in London on Thursday to defend their ICC Champions Trophy title starting next month. India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their campaign opener on June 4.The whole team boarded the flight from Mumbai, where they had gathered for the screening of Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, which was organised by the master blaster himself at a theater in Versova.India captain Virat Kohli was seen at the event with his rumoured girlfriend, actress Anushka Sharma, while MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and the rest of the players arrived together at the screening.The dashing @imVkohli and gorgeous @AnushkaSharma posing for the shutterbugs!#SachinPremiere #SachinABillionDreams #StayTuned pic.twitter.com/Yfqdzs5scw- Sachin The Film (@SachinTheFilm) May 24, 2017India’s best chances of defending the title will be if they do not burden themselves with the prospect, Kohli had said on Wednesday.The defending champions have arrived #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/UH9TJPYt2w- BCCI (@BCCI) May 25, 2017Kohli was part of the Indian team who trumped hosts England in the 2013 final at Edgbaston, and he said he recalled no creased foreheads in that victorious dressing room.The same carefree attitude has been the hallmark of the Indian team who are currently the number one Test side, and Kohli saw no reason why it would not work in the one-day format.When one legend meets another, an iconic moment is created!#SachinPremiere #SachinABillionDreams #StayTuned for more updates! pic.twitter.com/8uRsphpZPi- Sachin The Film (@SachinTheFilm) May 24, 2017″I think the first challenge is not to think that we are defending the title,” the 28-year-old told reporters ahead of the team’s departure for London.advertisement”When we went there last time, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves as a young unit and we ended up winning the tournament and creating a team which has done so well so far,” he said.”Right now, the mindset is very similar – to go out there and enjoy our cricket, which we’ve done in the past couple of years. In Test cricket, we’ve been able to reach the top with that mindset, (along) with a hunger to win. We want to take it across to all formats.”Kohli demanded from his team the kind of “ruthlessness” evident when they won 10 of 13 Tests on home soil last season.India’s batting mainstay also reminded his team that there would be little margin for error in the June 1-18 tournament featuring top eight one-day sides.”Because the tournament is much shorter (than World Cup) and you got top eight teams in the world, the competitiveness of the tournament is much higher, right from the word go,” he said.”In Champions Trophy, you need to be on top of your game from game one. If not, your chances go down pretty soon. I think that’s the biggest challenge in Champions Trophy,” Kohli added.last_img

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