New Pakistan skipper faces Trophy acid test

New Pakistan skipper faces Trophy acid test

The Champions Trophy, which begins from June 1, will be the first time when Kohli will captain India in a global event.

The Virat Kohli-led side will face Bangladesh in the second warm-up game on Tuesday.

"It is the crowd who creates the environment". We play all our opponents with the same intensity.

"We will overcome our weaknesses during our preparations in a camp in Birmingham and will be noticed for our fight". The sense that this dispute will further galvanise the Australian team was reinforced by skipper Steven Smith, when he indicated that winning the Champions Trophy would help the players in their negotiations with Cricket Australia.

"As professional cricketers, we don't involve our emotions into game".

In reply, Pakistan scored 342-8 off 49.3 overs. India batted first and were put in a spot of bother due to some accurate bowling from Naved-ul-Hasan Rana with the new ball and a destructive mid-innings burst from Shoaib Akhtar.

But the team is lacking the services of explosive opener Sharjeel Khan, who is now facing a tribunal for spot-fixing and could face a life ban if found guilty. Teenager Shadab Khan can spring a few surprises with his leg-spin in an attack led by Mohammad Amir, whose swing and accuracy looked nearly back to its best in the West Indies.

He did not make the 2006 Champions Trophy side but was included as cover under the title of "assistant manager" and featured in the record books for running out Umar Gul when on the field as 12th man in a pool game against Pakistan.

Both teams will be full of confidence as they came out on top in their previous practice matches. And what better way to start their campaign than against the arch-rivals India on 4th of June.

A potential semi-final awaits against the likes of India or South Africa, favourites in the other group.

June 2 vs Australia, Edgbaston; June 6 vs England, Cardiff; June 9 vs Bangladesh, Cardiff. India's invincibility against Pakistan in World Cups is a matter of great pride for Indian fans on social media and the subject of many jokes on the topic.

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