MUMBAI: Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Wednesday his side would be ruthless in defending their Champions Trophy title next month, describing the competition as tougher even than the World Cup.
India begin their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham, but Kohli played down the hype surrounding the hotly-anticipated clash.
“As a cricketer you can’t even think of the non-striker when you are facing a ball, so forget about things that are not in our control,” Kohli said of playing Pakistan amid a tense political climate between the rivals.
“Yes, an India-Pakistan game is always exciting for all the fans watching but for us as cricketers, it’s just a game of cricket.”
Kohli suffered a shoulder injury during the Australia series to miss the final game. He then returned to skipper Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore, only to see them end last in the ladder.