Not even a week has passed since we witnessed the nail biting final of IPL 2017 and we already have the ICC Champions Trophy approaching next week. The game of cricket will see a new pinnacle as the top teams in the world will fight for the title to become ‘Champion of the Champions’! Four years ago when the Indian cricket team was at its recent best, these ‘Men In Blue’ led by MS Dhoni lifted the Champions Trophy by beating hosts England. Currently Team India is at the third spot in ICC rankings for ODI Teams, after South Africa and Australia who are leading the table.
The Champions Trophy 2017 will be played between June 01-18, with defending champions India pooled with South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Group B. Group A consists of Australia, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh. Virat Kohli’s team is scheduled to open their cricketing journey on June 4 at Edgbaston against Pakistan. This will also be the first tournament where Virat will be leading team India in an ICC Championship after M.S. Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy earlier this year.
The other two matches of India will be with Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11, both at Kennington Oval. The Indian squad for the Champions Trophy includes Virat Kohli (capt.), Ravi. Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Shami, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk).
It will be a fun sight to witness as the pools have been just perfectly set and again, maybe some will call it a coincidence but India clashing with Pakistan will re-occur. No matter who the winner will be in the tournament, the only match to witness for us Indians will be on June 04. While you are still upset from the IPL finale with Mumbai Indians clinching the title by 1 run against Rising Pune Supergiant, you can definitely count on the Indian Team when India faces Pakistan in the group stage matches. You can show all the excitement and be a part of the Indian brigade in the English country too. Buy your tickets for this top cricketing sport event in England with BookMyShow and expect the best entertainment this summer.