India have been placed in Group B alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa while hosts England will face Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand in Group A. India start their campaign on June 4 in a blockbuster clash with Pakistan at Edgbaston. "The one thing we needed to fortify was our lower middle-order contribution".
"Against the West Indies, we had a big fielding improvement, there were one or two dropped catches but it was an improvement so we are happy with that". "We're looking to maintain that against India and it's very exciting", Ahmed added.
This is Kohli's first major tournament as a leader of the national side.
Defending champion Team India on Thursday arrived in London to participate in highly completive Champions Trophy 2017. It will grab a lot of eye balls. "It is all the same for us", he said. "When we went there the last time, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves as a young unit and we ended up winning the tournament, and we ended up creating a team that has done so well so far".
Kohli, however warned his team against any sort of complacency.
I think the first challenge is not to think about the fact that we are defending the title.
India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday conceded that Champions Trophy is qualitatively much more competitive than the World Cup, with top eight teams battling it out in a condensed schedule.
Kohli in strong words, said that his team treats a game against Pakistan in par with other teams. Entering the ODI tournament after a long home Test season followed by the IPL, Kohli stressed on the need to be fit physically as well as mentally.
"After the kind of season we had, it teaches you a lot about the mindset that you need to have". But if you ask players from both sides, it is just like any other game.
"I think the group that England are in is easier because they are not playing against spin". It teaches you a lot as captain, it teaches you a lot, composure-wise.
And I'm sure all the guys on the team think in that manner as well. The atmosphere is always electric and England fans look forward to seeing sub-continent teams playing.
India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that he is ready with a bagful of new tricks for the upcoming Champions Trophy. From a mindset point of view, it made me realize that you can not do everything in every game.
They are number one in the Test rankings after series victories over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, and hope to carry that form into the 50-over Champions Trophy event.
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