Champions Trophy success hinges on execution for India's Kohli


India begin their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham, but Kohli played down the hype surrounding the hotly-anticipated clash.

"They (Dhoni and Yuvi) have so much experience and if they are given freedom to play their game in the middle-order, they know the most in the team how to build or win a match or how to get team out of hard situations", the skipper said.

India have the upper hand going into the match as they have bested Pakistan in their last three meetings at the 2015 World Cup, the 2016 Asia Cup and last year's World Twenty20.

With just once score over 50 in his last ten innings in all competitions Roy will be out to make his mark on the tournament, and Bell has backed him to come good at the right time.

"Secondly, Ash (Ravichandra) and (Ravindra Jadeja) were on top of their game and the way the fast bowlers bowled and the way we fielded, we were the best fielding side in the tournament back then".

"The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe", said an ICC statement. From a mindset point of view, it made me realize that you can not do everything in every game.

"Even the players at the top are more confident, and overall it was very good for the team". 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.

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Talking about the experienced duo of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, Kohli said that their performances will boost the team.

New Zealand are in Group A of the Champions Trophy, to be held in England from June 1-18, with Australia, England and Bangladesh the other teams in their group. It is just a game of cricket played anywhere in the world.

India are placed in Group B along side South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan while the other group comprises Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

After an incredible run of form in the previous year, Kohli's form has slipped. "I love the tournament because it represents a challenge from the (word) go". I will regard them as the two strongest pillars of the team.

This is Kohli's first major tournament as a leader of the national side. 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. India will look to continue their good record against Pakistan in major ICC tournaments while Pakistan will look to turn things around and start the tournament on a winning note.

"From that point of view, it is exciting for me".