Virat Kohli who arrived yesterday in the U.K to take part in Champions Trophy said that he is saddened by the Manchester blasts but his focus is only on Champions Trophy which is of paramount importance.
India will face off its prime rival Pakistan in Birmingham on 4th June which is less than 100 kms from Manchester.
“Firstly, what happened here a few days back was really saddening and very disturbing for everyone who saw it. And especially a place like England, to say the least, has not had many of these incidents happen in the past.
“So, yeah, I mean, for a few people it can be sort of a nervous time. But I don’t think as a squad you have time to focus on those factors, because eventually you understand that you’re here for a sporting tournament,” Kohli said who continued further stating “…And that for us remains paramount in our thought patterns. And I personally don’t feel any nervousness as such. I saw life resume pretty normally. And that’s always a healthy sign.”
Heavy security has been arranged since most of the teams are participating in the tournament which will be held in England and Wales. Speaking about this, he said
“We have security briefings throughout the day. We have a lot more information in terms of specifics that we need to keep in mind. I see life resuming very normally. And obviously with the security information coming in as well, it will be very helpful for the players, you know.
“What are the areas we can access? What times we can access it? What are the areas we need to avoid? All the sort of things obviously come into play when you have a situation like this which the players need to respect.”
India is the defending champion and has been playing remarkably well in the recent years and with new found talents in the likes of Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and few others, India is expected to perform at its maximum capacity giving tough competition to the other teams.