ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli lauds Yuvraj Singh ahead of latter's 300th ODI appearance

PTI, Jun, 14 2017

Birmingham: India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday lauded senior pro Yuvraj Singh for becoming the fifth Indian cricketer to complete 300 ODIs for the 'Men in Blue' when he takes field in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.

"His contribution to Indian cricket has been outstanding. He has been a total match-winner for India, won us so many big tournaments and big series, and this is just a testimony to the kind of talent he possesses," Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.

Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh after India's win over South Africa, which guided the former into the semi-finals. AP

Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh after India's win over South Africa, which guided the former into the semi-finals. AP

"You obviously need to have all those things in place to be able to play 300 games for India, and I congratulate him."

Kohli wished that Yuvraj will have a special performance in the semi-final.

"I wish him all the very best, and hopefully he can play a lot more for us and get in those match-winning performances all over again, and I hope tomorrow is a special one for him.

Meanwhile, Kohli announced an unchanged team for the Indians for the upcoming clash against Bangladesh, with Ravichandran Ashwin retaining his place in the team after an economical outing with the ball in the eight wicket win over South Africa.

Bangladesh's spot in the semi-finals was confirmed after England defeated Australia in the last group match of Group A. Bangladesh won and lost a game each, with their match against Australia getting rained out.

Published Date: Jun 14, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 14, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115