India are just a few weeks away from their title defence campaign at the ICC Champions Trophy and they have some issues to iron out before that. Their major stars have had a lukewarm IPL – the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav have failed to light this season up while Rohit Sharma has been nowhere near his best after a return from injury.Moreover, R Ashwin has been out of match practice, as he was forced to sit out of the entire edition of the IPL after a hectic Test season at home.India Today spoke to Kapil Dev on various challenges Team India faces ahead of the Champions Trophy, which starts in England from June 1:On big Indian stars faring poorly in IPL 2017: It is fine. It is not possible for a big player to score runs at every opportunity. We have seen many big players losing form many times. But, a big player always returns to form sooner rather than later.On Virat Kohli’s forgettable IPL before the Champions Trophy:One is always concerned when a player like him doesn’t score big. But the reason he is rated the best is because he has the ability to overcome such circumstances and tough times. He has dual responsibilities as a batsman and as a skipper. How he tackles that is something which only time will tell. But Kohli being in form is very important for India.On Ashwin not playing the IPL and going straight to the Champions Trophy: advertisementCan’t say much (about that). He has so much experience. He shouldn’t face a lot of problems, bowling straightaway at he Champions Trophy. should not face much problem on bowling straightaway in the Champions Trophy. I think he bowled over 700 overs in the Test series. People said that he was quite tired.I don’t know the real thing; only he would be able to tell what it is. Sometimes, a little bit of rest does wonders and I think a bowler like him should not face any trouble in playing the big games straight after a comeback.On India’s pace battery: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown a great deal of improvement in the last couple of years. Whenever he got an opportunity, he showed his form. But, in a big tournament like the Champions Trophy, it will be great to see all these pacers – Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – performing as one unitOn youngsters missing out and questions being raised on Dhoni’s form:Raising questions on selection is not an issue, I believe there should always be a discussion. A healthy discussion is always good On the much-awaited India-Pakistan game on June 4: It isn’t difficult (beating India) but on current form, India is a better team (than Pakistan). In the 1980s, Pakistan was a better team. But right now, the Indian team is far ahead if you compare the two sides one-on-one or on paper. What will really matters is how we play on the given day but yes, India are the favourite right now.