India are placed in Group B along side Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and their campaign begins on June 4 against arch-rivals Pakistan. After much delay and drama, the Indian squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy was announced in New Delhi on Monday and there were no major surprises.
India are the defending champions of the Champions Trophy of 2013, by defeating England by five runs in a rain-affected encounter in Birmingham.
Before the start of the tournament, India will play two warm-up games both at the Kennington Oval. First game will be against New Zealand on May 28 and their second match will be against Bangladesh on May 30.
In the main competition, India are placed in Group B along side South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The team who will finishes in the top two would qualify for the semifinal where they will take on the top two teams of Group A which features Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
Match: Group B – India vs Pakistan
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Time: 15:00 hrs IST
Date: June 4
Pakistan have never defeated India in any major ICC Tournament which includes the 50-overs World Cup and T20 World Cup. India has continued invincible record against its neighbours with a 11-0 lead in both formats. Although when we look at Pakistan’s record in Champions Trophy they hold a 2-1 lead over India.
Current chief selector and former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is positive about Pakistan beating India. “We don’t have a great record against India in major events but every day is a new day and I am sure the players will perform well in the first match. The June 4 game is very important for us, not only because it is against India, but also because it will go a long way in helping us qualify for the semi-finals.
Indian former great captain Sourav Ganguly feels that in major ICC tournaments India have always dominated Pakistan as Indian team always had more quality players as compared to Pakistan.