Irfan Pathan claims Virat Kohli led Team India will defend Champions Trophy. Irfan has said, the Indian team as the favorites for the Champions Trophy 2017. Team India will commence the tournament as defending champions.He said, "The Indian ODI team has been playing well in recent times and the players selected for the Champions Trophy squad have been in top form as well. Look at the examples of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and others who have performed excellently in the IPL. The same applies for the batsmen as well. So, the fact that all of these players are in good form is crucial for the chances of any team in such a high-profile competition,”. India will start their campaign against Arch rivals Pakistan on June 4.