While we debate over the knockouts, Virat Kohli wants Champions Trophy winners' jackets to fit better

While we debate over the knockouts, Virat Kohli wants Champions Trophy winners’ jackets to fit better

India will now lock horns against Bangladesh in the semi-finals on Thursday (June 15).

Team India Champions Trophy 2013 Celebration
Virat Kohli Champions Trophy 2013 Celebration. (© Getty Images)

Being the defending champions, India went into the ongoing edition of the Champions Trophy with the tag of one of the ‘favorites’ for the highly coveted title. Doing justice to their tag, the men in blue started off their campaign in style as they crushed the arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game by 124 runs.

Nevertheless, went on to taste defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka who chased down a record 321-run target. However, in what was a virtual quarterfinal against the mighty South-African side on Sunday (June 11), the Virat Kohli-led XI bounced back once again as they won the game quite handsomely by 8 wickets.

With two wins in three group matches, India finished the league stage of the tournament as table toppers and sealed a spot in the semi-final. They will now lock horns against the Bangladeshi side on Thursday (June 15).

Bangladesh made their way into its first ever semi-final in an ICC event banking on a mix of some brilliant performance and of course with a fair share of luck as well. In spite of some upsets produced by the minnows so far, India will still be fancying their chances of making it to the grand finale on June 18 (Sunday).

If India do manage to get the better of Bangladesh, their opponents in the final will be decided on the virtue of the other semi-final which will be played between England and Pakistan on June 14 (Wednesday). While England have been unbeaten in the tournament so far, they are considered as the hot favorites to make a final’s cut, Pakistan can be notoriously unpredictable on its day.

What’s the story?

However, as we keep on debating over the fact on who will end up winning the title, Indian skipper Virat Kohli seems to be more concerned about the fitting of the prestigious white jackets which are presented to the winners of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Yes, if they (the white jackets) fit better this time, I would definitely be in for that. The last time, we looked like jokers because they were too loose,” tongue-in-cheek, the Indian captain said at a charity event in England.

Not only Kohli but former Indian skipper MS Dhoni also had a say on the importance of the ‘white jackets’. “The white jacket has a place of pride in the wardrobe. After all the champagne, I don’t think it is there to be worn again,” Dhoni said at the event.