With limited time, Champions Trophy 2017 will be 'intense': MS Dhoni

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London, June 1: India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is looking forward to playing in another edition of an "intense" ICC Champions Trophy next year.

Full schedule of Champions Trophy

The groups and schedule of the Champions Trophy 2017 were today (June 1) announced in London. India, the defending champions are in Pool B with Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

MS Dhoni with the Champions Trophy after winning the event in 2013

In Pool A, hosts England, Australia, New Zealand and Bangaldesh are featured. Top 8 ODI sides in the world will compete the tournament.

In 2013, skipper Dhoni guided India to Champions Trophy victory, as the side defeated hosts England in the final.

"Having won the event in 2013, we know how intense this event can be and we are under no illusion that it will be any different next year," Dhoni was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) website on Wednesday.

Dhoni is the only captain in history to have won all three ICC trophies - World Cup (in 2011), World T20 (2007) and Champions Trophy (2013).

Talking about the grouping, Dhoni said it did not matter which teams India was facing and they needed to be consistent in a short tournament like this.

"In the ICC Champions Trophy, it doesn't matter which other sides are in your group or who your semi-final or final opponent is. You have limited time and the key to success is consistency, and being on top of your game each time you step out on to the field. There is very little room for error," Dhoni said referring to the 18-day (June 1 to 18) event.

"I am sure the ICC Champions Trophy, like any other ICC event, will be well organised and the team and I am looking forward to a lot of crowd support, which was one of the factors that helped us across the line in 2013," the wicketkeeper-batsman added.

India open their campaign against Pakistan on June 4. Pakistan hold 2-1 advantage over their neighbours in Champions Trophy history.

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Story first published: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 16:29 [IST]
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