Indian captain Virat Kohli during the press conference prior to their departure for upcoming ICC Champions Trophy has said that their opening game against Pakistan is just another game of cricket.
“Yes its always very exciting for the fans but in our heads nothing changes,its just a game of cricket,” The RCB Skipper said.
The Champions Trophy is scheduled to begin from June 1 when home side England take on Bangladesh while India will begin their ICC Champions Trophy campaign versus Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Virat and company are going into the the tournament as the defending champions.
The Indian side last won the tournament in 2013 when they defeated England in the finals by 5 runs under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After locking buzzer with Pakistan, The Men In Blue are scheduled to play Sri Lanka on June 8 while they will face South Africa on June 11 in London.
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
May 26: India vs Bangladesh, warm-up
May 28: India vs New Zealand, warm-up
June 4: India v Pakistan, Birmingham, 3:00 PM IST (Group B)
June 8: India v Sri Lanka, London, 3:00 PM IST (Group B)
June 11: India v South Africa, London, 3:00 PM IST (Group B)