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26 May 2017

Champions Trophy: Captain Kohli's first ICC tournament

How will Virat Kohli perform in Champions Trophy?

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli will be leading the team in his first ICC tournament in England next month.

After guiding the test team to number one rank, he also led the team to win ODI series against England at home.

Let us have a look at how Virat Kohli will perform in the upcoming Champions Trophy.

In context

How will Virat Kohli perform in Champions Trophy?
Virat's performance in England


Virat's performance in England

Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, Kohli has played 14 ODI matches in England.

With two half centuries and one century in his kitty, Virat has scored 424 runs in 14 matches.

Even though English conditions are not Kohli's favorite, his batting average of 38.54 is better than most Indian batsmen. However, Kohli has not played an ODI in England since 2014.

Kohli in Champions Trophy

Virat has been a part of two editions of ICC Champions Trophy one in 2009 and another in 2013. In seven innings across these two editions, he has scored 271 runs, at an average of 67.75 and a strike rate of 86.85.

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Kohli's performance as a captain after Dhoni resigned

After MS Dhoni resigned earlier this year, Kohli led the Indian team to a 2-1 victory in the ODI series against England at home.

In the three matches, he scored 185 runs at an average of 61.66. His highest score was 122.

Kohli's aggression, along with coach Anil Kumble's maturity, was a perfect combination for the Indian team to win the series.

IPL failure a lesson for Kohli?

Kohli's poor performance in the 2017 IPL taught him to take a step back and balance things out. He said that the failure taught him a lot of things, which would be useful in the Champions Trophy.

Kohli's statement before the tournament

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Kohli's statement before the tournament

Kohli has made his intentions clear in the press conference ahead of the the Champions Trophy.

Before leaving for England, Kohli has asked for ruthlessness from the defending champions of the tournament.

He said, "In the Champions Trophy, you have to be on top of your game from game one. If you are not, your chances go down pretty soon."

In conclusion

While Kohli is known to be an aggressive batsmen, he remains calm while leading the Indian team. We expect Kohli to be at his best in England both as a batsman and a captain.

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