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Virat Kohli wants India to be ruthless in finishing games

Virat Kohli in a practice session at The Oval
Virat Kohli in a practice session at The Oval

India skipper Virat Kohli urged the team to adopt a ruthless approach in finishing games ahead of the Champions Trophy clash against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday.

The defending champions headed into the tournament with convincing victories in the warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh and followed it with a 124 run victory by Duckworth-Lewis in the opening game against Pakistan.

With a superior net-run-rate in place, a win against Sri Lanka on Thursday will confirm India a place in the semi-finals and Kohli urged the team to guard against complacency.

"Sometimes, starting with the tournament, creating momentum as a team, you can misfield, you can get overexcited," Kohli told a news conference on Wednesday.

"There can be lapses as well, especially when the team is seven or eight down and you know that the game is going to end soon. We have addressed the guys and have asked them to be ruthless and finish games off."

Sri Lanka are the seventh positioned team in the ICC ODI Rankings but the 28-year-old dismissed any notion of his team taking their Asian neighbours lightly.

"I don't think when you are playing good cricket, you should look too much into the praise factor," he added.

"As a team, we really don't focus on these things and we try to maintain the same kind of intensity and momentum regardless of how we are playing.

"At this moment we are playing some good cricket but that doesn't mean that we play with arrogance... In this sport, anyone can upset anyone on their given day... you certainly cannot even think of taking anyone lightly."

India continue to top Group B and are followed by South Africa and Pakistan with all the teams having registered a victory each.

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