Indian skipper Virat Kohli is confident that India will thrive under pressure in the do-or-die Champions Trophy match against South Africa
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is confident that India will thrive under pressure in the do-or-die Champions Trophy match against South Africa on Sunday. After thrashing Pakistan in the opening encounter, India were shocked by a young Sri Lankan outfit in their previous match.
Speaking about the high-profile match, Kohli preferred to look at the brighter side. "It's become very exciting. Every game is effectively a quarter-final now. In our group especially, all teams are on two points, and you have to win your next game to go through, which is an exciting position to be in for all teams.
"It's a great scenario where you literally have two matches now which are going to be even more competitive cricket. So we are pretty clear about the whole situation. It certainly opened up the whole table for sure,” he added.
Kohli warned his team not to underestimate South Africa. "We are up against a very high quality side and we have to go out there and play good cricket. So there's no room for complacency in a tournament like this, and we as a team certainly don't feel that.
"Even if we had four points on the board right now, we still would have gone out there to try to beat South Africa, and that's exactly the mindset we are going to take into the next game,” he further said.
On India's poor bowling against Sri Lanka, Kohli admitted, "We will have to sit down and think of how we match up against the opposition that we're playing against. As I said, all options are open. We had certain things in mind which didn't come off well against Sri Lanka.
"There will be a lot of things discussed, what went wrong and what combinations we can come out with in the next game.
"If you want to bring in a bit more balance into the bowling attack by changing it up a little bit, that will be up for discussion as well."