Champions Trophy 2017: Batsmen to watch out for

India defeated England in the last iteration of the tournament in 2013 in a truncated final that allowed the then captain MS Dhoni to become the only skipper in cricket history to have won all the major ICC trophies. The top eight teams on the ICC ODI Team Rankings on September 30, 2015 have qualified for the tournament, with World champion Australia seeded number-one. The left-handed opener has scored the most runs in ODI since the start of previous year, including a remarkable nine centuries, but has never reached three figures in England – in any format.”It counts for something but not for everything because we still come back to one-off clashes with opponents and if you win then you can go a long way in the competition”, said Williamson, who took over as captain from Brendon McCullum in 2016. We go in with that mindset and that really helps in a tournament like this. “The two warm-up games (vs New Zealand, vs Bangladesh) will give me an indication on how well I go in the tournament”, Ashwin told PTI. “Yes, you need passion but you can’t be too emotional against any one team”.I don’t think you can have too much of similarities in both formats.India open their campaign against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.’They have so much experience that if you give them freedom to play their own game in the middle order then I am sure they are the best judge of how to win a game, ‘ said Kohli, who assumed the one-day global captaincy from Dhoni in January. People might say it is a question of life and death or redemption, but it’s not the case for me.”This is my first major tournament as captain, I’m definitely very hopeful and excited about the competition”. According to Hussey, England’s balance, coupled with the advantage of playing at home, and Australia’s X-factor make them firm favourites to progress out of Group A, that also involves New Zealand and Bangladesh, and eventually lock horns in the final again. As far as the mindset was concerned, it made me realise that I can not do everything in every game. “As far pressure is concerned, it is about handling one game at a time, as you build up to every game, you start becoming a favorite”.Recalling the 2013 edition, Kohli believes the team has all the right ingredients to succeed in their title defence in a challenging format where they will face Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the group stage. What we’ve got to see is how freely they played in the last series (versus England). Plus, Ash and Jadeja were on top of their game anyway, but the way the fast bowlers bowled and the way we fielded – I think we were the best fielding side in the tournament. “I think it could be the most competitive games you could be part of before something like Champions Trophy”.