All-rounder Stoinis cleared to play Champions Trophy

He has played three ODIs for Australia and has a batting average of 96 in the format, primarily courtesy his 146 not out against New Zealand in January.

"It (Kohli's form) should not be a worry". In this ICC Champions Trophy, the team would be led by Virat Kohli who was handed over the reigns after Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy earlier this year. "So on paper, our Indian team is far better", Kapil said. But that doesn't have 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev anxious at all.

"Don't forget Dhoni, he is a true all-rounder".

"He is the most important player at that key position of No.5 or 6, wherever the captain wants him to bat", said Kapil on the Ranchi stumper.

Ravindra Jadeja uploads a picture with his horse.


Can India repeat the 2013 show: It's very hard to say that. Stokes is a far better batsman than any one of us were. "We have to believe in their abilities, after all they have proved and done so well in all forms", he said.

The event, which formed part of the Nissan Trophy Tour, was a partnership event between Warwickshire County Cricket Club, the European Central Bank, the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC) and Attock Cricket Club, aimed at deepening the ties between Birmingham's South Asian communities, ahead of India's clash with Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.

In their last pool game, Pakistan will meet Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 12.

"Results are important, but also getting players some game time leading into the tournament". Five years down the line, Pakistan again catapulted to victory by defeating India by 54 runs at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The excitement that the games provided and experience of playing under pressure was fantastic for players and supporters.

Pakistan, according to Kapil, would be the underdogs in the India-Pakistan clash in Birmingham. There are too many things happening around India and Pakistan and I am not excited at all.


"I will play the ball to its merit. Whatever he wants to do, he can do", said Kapil, about the Ahmedabad-born bowler. "We're just looking to find the suitable combination for whatever the conditions are, whether that means playing Keshav Maharaj as well to give us more batting depth or do we go with both Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada?"

"In England, it is all about swinging the ball unlike our subcontinent conditions, where a flawless length ball can be easily dealt by the batsmen".

"Every global game is important, but the games against England are very important, both in terms of results and giving guys game time so they can get used to conditions".

"Imran Tahir is the best one-day bowler in the world and I know (Keshav Maharaj) is a bit of a left field selection but we have reasons for him coming into the side".



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