India can retain Champions Trophy, pace attack has real firepower, says Sangakkara

Solenn Plantier
Mai 31, 2017

That should install the Proteas as the outright favourites but it's been a long and painful trophy drought since winning their only piece of ICC silverware at the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998: Four semifinal defeats in the Champions Trophy to go alongside four semifinal losses in the Cricket World Cups.

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara today said defending champions India were capable of retaining the Champions Trophy title as they were a better balanced unit with "real firepower in their fast bowling".

The South Africans are the top-ranked ODI team, with the top-ranked batsman (AB de Villiers) and the top two bowlers (Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir).

According to the reports, all the players are unhappy with the way their freedom is being muted and they are unable to express themselves freely.

"Ek side par Dhoni, Kohli, Yuvraj aur Pakistan mein toh koi bada player hee nahi hain (there is no star player in Pakistan compared to the Indian line-up)", he said. That it is played by the best one-day teams in the world means far fewer lopsided contests and with the qualification process introduced in 2009 it offers something that is far too often lacking in global cricket: context. "From that point of view the message won't change".

England's stunning slump against South Africa featured Roy's fourth single-figure score in his last five innings.

He has opened in limited overs cricket at county level, making 174 for Yorkshire against Durham this month.

"That's how it goes, you know", ESPNcricinfo quoted Tamim as saying.

"I think the overcast conditions played a part, but hopefully in two days´ time we can get off to a good start and do things differently".

Turning to Roy, he admitted: "You worry about anyone that is out of runs. We need to play every game with the same amount of intensity", Jadhav told the reporters.

"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".

"Jason is probably one of the guys who you say, "If the ball is there you hit it", whether that's first or second ball", he said.

Besides having claimed the tri-series, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand carry a lot of power under their sleeves.

India might be the team to beat.

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