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ICC Champions Trophy: Not thinking of World Cup quarters vs Bangladesh, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli has categorically said India would not think of the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal clash against Bangladesh ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against the Tigers at Edgbaston on Thursday.Two years ago, India had won an emotionally charged-up World Cup quarterfinal, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s sublime century. The opener had miscued a waist-high full toss from Rubeil Hossain and was caught at deep midwicket. But the umpire ruled it a no-ball because of height and Rohit finished with 137.A few other marginal umpiring decisions went India’s way but the Men in Blue rode on a fine collective performance to advance into the semis. The Bangladeshis have since held a grudge against the Indian cricket team and subsequent ugly memes have surfaced from Bangladeshi social media circles in an attempt to insult India’s superstars.However, Kohli said India would not think of that quarterfinal.”It has been 24 months since the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal. I seriously don’t think anyone’s thinking about that game. We have had so many matches against each other and since then and we are certainly not going out to prove any point to anyone. We just want to play good cricket as a side.Our opposition could be anyone and we’re certainly not thinking about what has happened in the past or things that go on at the international level. We’re certainly not thinking about anything like that,” he said.Bangladesh have made rapid strides in international cricket since 2015. They are currently sixth in the ODI ranking and beat New Zealand by five wickets in Cardiff to qualify from Group A. Chasing 266, they were four wickets down but Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah struck a partnership of 224 runs for the fifth wicket to seal a remarkable victory for the Tigers.advertisementKohli clearly said India would not get carried away by their superior record and Bangladesh, despite their recent strides, should also stay grounded. Yes, they did beat India in their last bilateral ODI series but it was India who romped home to a comfortable win in their warm-up before the start of tournament proper a few days back.The India captain also heaped praise on the lower batsmen — Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, saying that they’re waiting for their opportunities and are ready.”We are not bothered at all. Those guys are waiting for opportunities. If the crisis situation comes up, they are ready to deliver.”last_img read more