Not taking anything for granted: Kohli

Not taking anything for granted: Kohli

 Skipper Virat Kohli opined that India’s big-stage experience gives them plenty of confidence in the Champions Trophy semifinal against Bangladesh but asserted that they won't be taking their opponents lightly.

“We've been in these kinds of games before quite a few times, but there are no guarantees in this sport. As we've seen in the league stages, a lot of teams have surprised the opposition and we're certainly not taking anything for granted. We will use whatever momentum we've gained in this tournament to execute what we want to. We're not going to go according to past results and what we've done in the past tournaments. Going into a big game like this, we're going to treat it as how we treated the last game and our mindset does not differ,” said Kohli at the pre-match press conference here on Wednesday.

Kohli all but confirmed they would be fielding an unchanged side for the last-four clash. “I'd say we gave a lot of people chances in the practice games, and he (Umesh Yadav) did bowl well in that (warm-up) game (against Bangladesh), so does not mean that you necessarily play someone who's done well against a particular opposition in a practice game. I think (R) Ashwin was brilliant in the last game and I don't see any good reason to change that. The team played really well. It was a complete team performance and I certainly don't think we need to change anything.”

A lot of bad blood flowed post Bangladesh’s defeat to India in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup but Kohli said enough time has passed and they’ve moved on. “It's been 24 months. I seriously don't think that anyone is thinking about that game. We've had so many matches against each other since then and we are certainly not going out to prove a point to anyone. We just want to play good cricket as a side.

Bangladesh have made rapid strides in ODI cricket over the last few years and Kohli attributed it to players taking more responsibility. “It's no surprise anymore to anyone that they have really improved their cricket and it's a credit to their set-up and the kind of players they have now who are taking more responsibility.

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