The 28-year-old Indian, who is ahead of Warner by just one point, had enjoyed just four days at the top in January 2017, but will now be aiming to do better when he faces Bangladesh in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The Bangladesh bowling line-up featuring the likes of pacers Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza alongside spinners Shakib and Mosaddek Hossain will aim to test the Indian batsman with their pace and variation. I know it could have been England, it could have been anyone.

“If there is a sunny day in England, there is no better place to play cricket”.

When asked to select three memorable matches in his ODI career, Yuvraj rated the 2011 World Cup quarter-final against Australia (57 and 2/44) as his best, followed by 84 runs he made in his very second ODI against Australia in Nairobi in 2000.

“They have cricketers who are skilled, who are committed to play for Bangladesh and play with a lot of passion”.

Though they had played together for almost eight years, the two Bangladeshi mainstays hadn’t always been too close prior to that night.

The mass hysteria associated with Bangladesh’s semi-final qualification is something that Hathurusingha is well aware of and that’s the reason his outsider’s (not being a Bangladeshi) perspective can work as a calming influence for his team amidst the unimaginable media frenzy. “It is always wonderful to have a player like him, which is why I wanted him for this tournament”, captain Virat Kohli said. “They are a very unsafe side on their day and everyone realises that. I am very connected to the cause taken up by Virat”.

“We have been in these kinds of games quite a few times before but there are no guarantees in this sport”. Tamim Iqbal is another important player whose success at the top of the order will provide the much-needed impetus to the batting. Not many people gave us a chance to be here even. He hadn’t been among the runs and earlier that evening, the cricket board chief had publicly pulled him up for a string of failures and lack of contribution with the bat at a team function. “We would just be happy to be in the finals”.

Kohli and the current team has played a number of pressure games in ICC tournaments, but he said on a new day that will count for little.

Renowned painter Sasha Jaffrey is the artist behind the painting and it was bought during a charity dinner organised by the Virat Kohli Foundation, PTI reported. “We are not really thinking about what’s happened in the past or things that go on at the global level”, Kohli said, setting the record straight.

Yuvraj Singh made his worldwide debut with champions trophy in an ODI match against Kenya in 2000. Lot of good players are coming into their team. Toss, again, will be crucial for both the teams.


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