Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team will be a relieved man after India sneaked in to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. India will now take on Bangladesh for a spot in the finals. England will be playing the other semis, where they will lock-horns against Pakistan. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in a match that went down to the wire. Virat Kohli, personally has been in rich vain of form, he scored and unbeaten 81 against arch-rivals Pakistan. He missed out against Sri Lanka, getting out without scoring. But then, when India needed him he scored an unbeaten 76 to see India through.
Well, we have already learnt that Shane Warne and Faf du Plessis have predicted their finalists. But the person that matters India captain Virat Kohli too has made a prediction ahead of the important semi-final clashes. Virat Kohli speaking at an event at the Lord’s Cricket Ground last evening said, “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.”
“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. 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,” said the Indian skipper.
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“What better way to connect than cricket. Everyone is hoping for an India-England final at The Oval in this special UK-India Year of Culture. May the better team win,” said Mr. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, the Indian high commissioner to the UK.
If this really happens it will be a repeat of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Finals.