Will give my best in Champions Trophy, says Mohammed Shami


India have been placed in Group B, alongside Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy.

Some of the young guns - Rishabh Pant, Rahul Tripathi, Yuzvendra Chahal and Sanju Samson - have been performing well in the ongoing IPL season but the selectors didn't read too much into their IPL exploits.

As per reported by Hindustan Times, chief selector MSK Prasad said: "We considered Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur. I am pumped up to play the Champions Trophy", he added. The enterprising batsman hasn't played for the national side in the 50-over format since the series against New Zealand in October a year ago despite being selected for the subsequent ODI series against England. But as of now I want to focus on the IPL and then switch to the preparations for the Champions Trophy.

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The 31-year-old has been picked as a first-choice opener along with Rohit Sharma, with Ajinkya Rahane providing back-up.

Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey.

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"We respect IPL but in the longer format, we have to also consider the English conditions that we are playing in". We know that Dhawan is capable of frustrating the opposition's bowling attack and we hope that the fans will again witness Dhawan's match winning performances. He is the second leading run scorer with 450 runs from 12 matches (as on May 8, 2017).

Mumbai: Right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami has insisted that he has worked really hard on his fitness and skills in the last two years and will be looking to give his best in the upcoming Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

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Pakistan are slated to play two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India - taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29. He is passionate about wildlife and landscape photography.