x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Champions Trophy: India key facts

Group B Bowlers win you Test matches but in ODIs, batsmen do.

Key man

Virat Kohli

Bowlers win you Test matches but in ODIs, batsmen do. Kohli was the world's in-form ODI batsman until last autumn. The all-round form of AB de Villiers has stolen the spotlight since, but Kohli remains a scary prospect in 50 overs. The key is how he is able to meld the classic virtues and requirements of the five-day game with the chutzpah of Twenty20 batting, fitting for the format stuck in the middle.


Why they will win it

India are world champions and the top-ranked ODI side. On that basis, they cannot be ruled out. Though the batting does not look as scary or as solid as it has in previous years, their swing-orientated attack could take them far if conditions are suited. They also have a new-look squad with, presumably, fresher motivations to make a mark.


Why they won't win it

India have been poor travellers in recent years, a reversion to their early 1990s incarnation when they were unbeatable at home but easily brushed aside away. Conditions in England, in particular, seem to mess them up. Last time they came here, in 2011, they were swamped. Last time they played a global tournament here - the World Twenty20 in 2009 - they were swamped too. The 2011 World Cup and 2007 World T20 aside, they actually have an uneven recent record in ICC events.


Squad (ODIs)

MS Dhoni (capt) 219

Virat Kohli 98

Murali Vijay 11

Shikhar Dhawan 5

Rohit Sharma 88

Suresh Raina 159

Irfan Pathan 120

Ravi Ashwin 48

Ravindra Jadeja 65

Ishant Sharma 55

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8

Vinay Kumar 22

Dinesh Karthik 52

Amit Mishra 15

Umesh Yadav 17