The big day is about to ambit, when each one of us will evade the politics, nationalism and militarism out of the relations between India and Pakistan. The ICC champions trophy 2017 would bring these two neighbors, packed up in terrain, wrangling for the victory on June 4 at Edgbaston.
At the pre-departure press conference at Mumbai – Virat Kohli, the person who is leading the ‘Men in Blue’ , when asked if playing Pakistan at the current political situation is a good thing, he said: “You seem to have come here with your mindset. With all due respect, whatever else is going on, as a cricketer, you can’t even think about your partner at the other end when you are batting. It’s about playing the game. Although India-Pakistan is always exciting for the fans but for us it’s just a game of cricket. It’s not the first time we are playing against them, in our head nothing really changes. Playing for India you don’t need extra motivation.
The two team has already brawled against each other in Champions Trophy 2013 at the same venue in England, where India won the game. Yes, not to forget, this year for the first time we will see the India’s captain Virat Kohli as a full time skipper in an ICC event. After Pakistan, India will be playing against Sri Lanka on 8th June and South Africa on 11th June at the Oval in London.
India has already been the winner of tournament in 2013 after defeating England in the finals by five runs under the captaincy of M S Dhoni.
Before the actual tournament, some warm up matches has been scheduled for the teams in which India will play against New Zealand and Bangladesh on 28th May and 30th May respectively. The championship trophy is dated to begin from 1st June, anchored by England playing against Bangaldesh.