Ajit Agarkar backs Virat Kohli's India to lift ICC Champions Trophy


Former pacer Ajit Agarkar says someone like R Ashwin not making it to the Indian playing eleven in the ongoing Champions Trophy, speaks volumes about how well the bowling has been for the defending champions.

Though Nadeem's name was discarded at once by senior selection panel because of Ravindra Jadeja's certainty in the team, Chahal's inclusion was apparently discussed in detail before the selection committee went ahead with the tried and tested name of Ashwin. "India should play five bowlers against South Africa", Ganguly told India Today. Drop Hardik Pandya, bring back Ashwin.

"As a combined attack, one of the best attacks we (India) had for a while".

"Shikar's form is very encouraging, but Rohit who did not have much cricket in the last six months due to injury, his form is biggest plus for India, because coming into the tournament, probably he didn't have enough runs that he would have liked but both the games (in which) he has batted, he looked comfortable", said the former pacer.

Following their woeful performance against Sri Lanka, India now face the prospect of a virtual knockout clash against South Africa at The Oval on Sunday.

Cape Town - Indian captain, Virat Kohli, has won the toss and chose to bowl first in a crucial Group B encounter against the Proteas at the Oval in London.

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been in good form and will look to give India a good start against South Africa. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya meanwhile, will look to inflict some damage on the opposition bowlers lower down the order.

As far as skipper Virat Kohli is concerned, he said that the Chennai-based offie understands the team dynamics, though also admitting that it isn't always that the duo agree on the decisions made.

Ganguly wants India to play sensibly in the must-win match and also praised Kohli. They will have to play well.

"Play sensibly, it's about absorbing pressure. He is a world-class one-day batsman".