A knife hanging on our neck if we don't do well - Kohli

However, he boasted on two senior players of his team like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh whom he think can show their skill if given independence.

The 8th edition of ICC Champions Trophy will be played between June 1 and June 18 in England as India will look to defend its title under the new captain Virat Kohli.

Speaking to the media prior to the team's departure for the tournament in England, Kohli responded to a query suggesting that redemption was on his mind by saying, "I don't think about redemption at all. But I don't think as a squad you have time to focus on these factors, because eventually you understand that you're here for a sporting tournament", Kohli said on arrival.

"We are ranked 8th, so we have nothing to lose here, but I'm very hopeful and the team will give a good fight in every match", he said.

A WEEK after the IPL-10 came to a close, team India is now all geared up to play the Champions Trophy in England.

While being asked if playing Pakistan is logical under such growing political tensions, Virat Kohli stated that as a professional cricketer, he is not the right person to talk about political situations.

Pakistan have faced India thrice in the ICC Champions Trophy, winning two and losing one.

Defending champions India will begin their campaign in the Champions Trophy against arch rivals Pakistan, June 4 in Birmingham, which is less than 100 miles from the affected city.

India Today had learnt earlier that the ICC assessed security measures for the Champions Trophy and chose to get call all stakeholders to assure them that it would look into the safety and security of all participating teams. It helps a lot of people to stay in the zone of being match ready, to say the least. It motivates me further to come back and do better. In Test cricket, we have been able to reach the top with that mindset, having the hunger to win.

"We're planning for all eight teams to be here", tournament director Steve Elworthy said. But in Champions Trophy you need to be on the top of your game from game one. That's the biggest challenge in Champions Trophy and something that all the players love playing, for sure.

Williamson, who is set to lead New Zealand into his first major 50-over tournament as captain, said a lot of the team's members have been heavily involved in the Indian Premier League while others were in Ireland for the Tri-Series last week.

"I feel you have to be prepaid for any challenge thrown at you and I generally expect placid wickets and that's the way I prepare for limited overs format".

"The atmosphere around us is built in a way that that becomes like a life or death kind of series, especially for sub-continent cricketers which I don't understand why", he said.

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