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Virat Kohli reclaims top spot in ICC ODI rankings for batsmen

15 Juin 2017

Four members of that side - skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal - are stars of this current line-up.

"He is a total match-winner for India and today is a special day".

In case of Bangladesh, their aim will be to repeat the performance of the 2007 World Cup of opener in Port of Spain - still a "Red Letter Day" in cricketing history. Victor gets a shot at the title, loser goes home with pain of being so near yet so far as India take on Bangladesh in the second semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday. On the other hand, India has had a decent tournament. The immediate future, though, is the game against India on Thursday. The packed Mirpur crowds supported their team till the very end, but once they lost Tamim Iqbal for 70 and Shakib Al Hasan for 55, they ran out of steam to mount a challenge to the Men in Blue. But being exposed to the game's best players, combined with improved organization and coaching, saw Bangladesh gradually pick up significant wins here and there, including against India and Australia.

In the upcoming matches, third-ranked India will have a chance to top the table. A couple of controversial umpiring decisions, including a waist-high no-ball to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan's catch on the boundary, went in India's favour, much to Bangladesh's chagrin. It's like mini World Cup. Bangladesh fans, perhaps, still have a long way to learn it. I seriously don't think that anyone is thinking about that game. Earlier also, during ODI series in June 2015, a Bangladeshi newspaper had posted a photo of Indian batsmen with their heads shaved and Mustafizur holding a barber's knife.

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"Yuvraj's contribution to cricket has been outstanding", Kohli said on match eve. It was the first time they had beaten India in a bilateral competition. "When the clouds comes in, the conditions become a bit more hard", he said. The image drew the ire of the Indian fans after it went viral on social media. That allowed the country to play matches against the world's top teams on a more regular basis.

Moreover, India is above Bangladesh even in the case of Net Run Rate. India win a thrilling contest by 1 run.

"A journey that would take one hour to get to your destination, will take five minutes", predicted Habibul Bashar, one of Dhaka's more famous residents. England is the only undefeated team in the tournament, they have defeated Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia in the league stages to become the first team to book a semis berth.

What Kohli must be also pleased about is R Ashwin, who played against Proteas - his first game in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, and Ravindra Jadeja starting to work in tandem just at the right moment for India.