We are looking to maintain our record against India: Sarfraz

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 6, 2017

"The security concerns are that much more intense", said Choudhary. It was weird and maybe it was to teach me to balance things out and take a step back, and think about how much one can do on the field and the intensity with which one can play. "Sometimes people might start looking at you like that, sometimes as a human being you need to realize your limitations and take a few steps backward", Kohli said a few hours before he and the team took off for London for the tournament.

While they lost the first one and shared the trophy in second, the Indian side in 2013 defeated England under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

Yorkshire seamer Willey was not scarred by that embarrassment after making his one-day global debut just after and perhaps that is why he speaks with such confidence about what England could achieve next month.

Kohli expected great things from his squad, which comprises match-winners Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin along with Yuvraj and Dhoni.

The Indian captain, who had a fair show in the recently concluded tenth edition of Indian Premier League, said that "I will never play for redemption".

The top two from each group go through to the semi-finals, and with just three matches determining England's fate in the group, Bell felt it was a wise move on Roy's part to remain in England, acclimatising to the conditions.

The group has a familiar feel to it, with New Zealand drawn against England and Australia four years ago - when it failed to reach the knock-out rounds by coming third.

"The hype and atmosphere around the India-Pakistan match is beyond our control, but for us it is the same as any other match".

Australia will face Sri Lanka at the Oval in London tomorrow in the first of the warm-ups.

Kohli has a staggering average of over 90 in one-day cricket in the last 12 months and is fourth on the list for most centuries in the 50-over format with 27.

Entering the ODI tournament after a long home Test season followed by the IPL, the Indian batting mainstay stressed on the need to be fit physically as well as mentally to adapt. "The aim is always to win games, and I am willing to do whatever I can in my abilities to be able to achieve that for the team". "I believe in giving my best for the team, wherever I might be playing and against whichever team", he added. For me it is a game of cricket.

"It is hard for me to say when I haven't looked at the pitches, but if they are dry, then I definitely think the spinners will play a role in the tournament". England brings a lot for challenges for a batsmen and I want to overcome them personally for my satisfaction at the end of my career.

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