Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has backed the Virat Kohli-led side to not only beat arch-rivals Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener, but to defend the coveted title as well. “I am very confident that India will do well in the Champions Trophy and will defend the title,” Laxman said on Wednesday.India had an ideal start in their defence of the title with comfortable victories over New Zealand and Bangladesh in both the warm-up games at the Kennington Oval. “Especially, the way they played in the last two warm-up games. The batsmen are in form. I am very impressed with the way Shikhar Dhawan batted in both the games. Even Dinesh Karthik used the opportunity against Bangladesh brilliantly,” said Laxman.“The bowlers were just outstanding in the two games. They were bowling attacking lines and lengths, looking to be aggressive and looking to pick up wickets,” he added.Talking about the much anticipated India-Pakistan clash, the 42-year-old, said, “It’s going to be a very good game. The match against Pakistan will be highly intense. It will be a packed house at Birmingham.”
“If we ( India) play to our potential, we will definitely go and win the game,” he added.
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