Kohli urges India on in Bangladesh semi

Posted June 15, 2017

Speaking on the eve of his side's last-four contest, Kohli said that they are looking forward to continue the momentum they have gained so far in the tournament and display a similar kind of competitive performance as they did against top-ranked South Africa.

Rather than sugarcoat his comments to save his players› pride, the India captain made it clear they had to improve and he was delighted with how they responded in the make or break clash on Sunday. Thank you for this masterpiece and a considerable amount raised by this beauty which will touch so many lives in so many ways. "I am very connected to the cause taken up by Virat", said Poonam Gupta, who is CEO of Scotland based company PG Papers. I think Bangladesh have been doing really well in the tournament. And coming all the way to play the semifinal is a big step for us. That is what I can give to the younger guys: never back down, always keep on working the same way whether you are having a good time or a bad time, be consistent and be persistent. "It happens sometimes in cricket, but we forget it".

"It›s not about asking two, three players to do it". In reality there were about 10,000 people in the ground and we need to find out why those people didn't turn up.

Batting first, Rohit Sharma smashed a classy 137 to drive India to a big score of 302 in Melbourne, with Taskin Ahmed picking up 3 wickets. His consistency, team management, leadership qualities and humble nature makes him the youngest and remarkable performer of the game.

A resurgent Bangladesh are all set to face India in the second semi-final of the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

The reception was attended by a number of former India and England cricket personalities including Farookh Engineer, Dilip Doshi and former England players Andrew Strauss and Monty Panesar. "It could be tough, but the truth is we will have to adjust to playing on it no matter what shape it is in."The Bangladesh skipper also dismissed concerns that the pressure of the occasion could get to his side."If you talk about pressure, I think India has more pressure than us". They batted really well, but we came back strongly.

Kohli's haul of 862 ranking points is one more than Australia opener David Warner, with South Africa's AB de Villiers dropping down to third on 847.

The criticism towards the Indian team did not stop there.

With the Proteas now eliminated from the tournament, India have a shot at unseating them at the top of the rankings. "We created chances in all our matches", said chief selector Minhajul Abedin. He is one win away from leading his side into a major final and will not be distracted by all the palaver about this being a "grudge match".

Mortaza's side only started believing in their chances after impressive displays in New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Ireland in the past few months."We did not win a match in New Zealand but we played well there". But at the end of the day, it's a cricket game, so whoever plays well, they'll win.