ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Everyone wants to see an India-England final, says skipper Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli termed the league phase of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as the toughest and said that it does not matter who they are facing in the semi-final and final of the tournament while everyone wants to see an India-England final.

By: Express Web Desk | London | Updated: June 14, 2017 4:05 pm
virat kohli, india vs england, champions trophy Virat Kohli is leading India for the first time at an ICC ODI event. (Source: PTI)

Terming the league phase of the tournament as the toughest, India captain Virat Kohli has said that it does not matter who they are facing in the semi-final and final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. He also said that everyone wants to see an India-England final.

India are in the semi-final with Pakistan, Bangladesh and England. India will take on Bangladesh in the second semi-final while Pakistan and England will battle it out for the second spot in the final.

“It would not have mattered who we were playing in the semis. The league phase is the toughest. We have an opportunity to win one game and enter the finals. Everyone wants to see an India-England final. If both teams play well, people might get what they want to see,” he said.

The Indian captain said that he would not mind facing any team in the final and said they would be happy reaching the final. Expressing his happiness about the sunny weather in England, Kohli said there is no better place to play if it is sunny in England.

“Anyone. We would just be happy to be in the finals. If there is a sunny day in England, there is no better place to play cricket. The white ball hasn’t historically swung as much here. When the clouds comes in, the conditions become a bit more difficult,” he said. “You have to respect the conditions here regardless of what score you are batting at. That is the beautiful thing about playing here, it challenges you as a batsman.”

The Indian team attended a special reception at the Lord’s cricket ground. The event was hosted by the Indian High Commission and was attended by MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble Farookh Engineer, Dilip Doshi and former England players Andrew Strauss and Monty Panesar.

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  1. R
    romi
    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:16 am
    p a k i s depend on allah to win matches not team effort did you watch what pak captain said after winning south Africa we did not do anything
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    1. Z
      Zubair
      Jun 15, 2017 at 1:06 am
      Dear Romi, it was just a way of expressing his gra ude.. Matches are only won by playing good cricket on the field.. They did that and won.. it is my humble request to you to stop spreading hatred.. hatred only brings more hatred in retaliation .. We should support our team..
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      Asif
      Jun 14, 2017 at 2:47 am
      If Virat is confident that India England will be in Finals.....Then it is LAGAAN 2017.
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      1. J
        Jawad
        Jun 14, 2017 at 12:59 am
        Foolish virat Kohli don't think like this it's cricket as you know cricket is by chance game anyone can win in this game. Insha Allah stan will reach to the final and will play final match with Bangladesh.
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          Hawa - habibi
          Jun 14, 2017 at 1:48 am
          INSHA ALLAH india will be de winner
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            Hawa - habibi
            Jun 14, 2017 at 1:53 am
            Mr . Jawad u didn't have the right to call any one fool...de indian captain shows his confidence ...n I thn k which is necessary.. so go n maintain ur aticates..dat may help u in future...
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            romi
            Jun 14, 2017 at 10:15 am
            p a k i s depend on allah to win matches not team effort did you watch what pak captain said after winning south Africa we did not do anything
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