David Willey talks up England’s chances in Champions Trophy
“England have been playing some really good cricket both home and away, but I don’t necessarily think there’s much pressure on them”.
Pointing out the significance of the tournament, he said, “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of transparency about the issue, because there’s a lot at stake for everyone here”. In Test cricket we have reached the top.
‘They have so much experience that if you give them freedom to play their own game in the middle order then I am sure they are the best judge of how to win a game, ‘ said Kohli, who assumed the one-day global captaincy from Dhoni in January.
Meanwhile, ahead of the Indian team’s departure for Champions Trophy; skipper Virat Kohli played down the hype surrounding their marquee clash with arch-rivals Pakistan, saying it will be just another game of cricket. “Hopefully this will encourage people to come into the sport and for the guys already involved to keep getting better and hopefully we’ll see more guys from the Bradford area get into the Yorkshire and global set-ups”. I don’t know why things are built up as matters of life and death for sub-continental cricketers.
Kohli, who was part of the victorious India squad four years ago, believes his side is in an even better position to rule the world this year.
June 4: India v Pakistan, Birmingham, 3.
“It depends on how well my variations will come to fore, so just hoping that these practice matches can be put to good use and I bring something in new to the table and give something new to the team”. The competitiveness of the tournament is much higher from the World Cup. There have been a few changes from that team, but right now, our mindset is very similar – to go out there and enjoy our cricket which we have done in the past few years.
“But, India isn’t our only opponent in the tournament, every game is equally important and we are looking forward to each match”, he added. “After losing out to the West Indies in the World T20, you look at the team now and they have some exciting players”.
“We’re down as favourites which I think is fair”, he told Press Association Sport. From then to now, I have shown I am strong mentally. “If the team starts well and gets their confidence up, then they will be hard to stop”, he said, pointing to Steve Smith and David Warner’s form. It was weird and may be it was to teach me to balance things out and take a step back and think about how much you can to on the field and how much intensity with which you can play, may be choose your phases. But the matter did not roll further, it ended there.
“I don’t think they’ve scored anything less than 330 now, which moves the game on pretty rapidly”.