Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

  • Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

India will neither be anxious nor complacent when facing an unpredictable Pakistan side in the final of the Champions Trophy, feels Virat Kohli. Their turnabout has been magnificent.

Prior to this summer's Champion's Trophy, Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel told reporters that India would not play Pakistan in any future non-tournament fixtures, while cross-border "terror from Pakistan" remains. I think it will be a very interesting game.

Both teams have considered this game as "just another game", given the hype of the match. He replied, "I don't see any relevance of the first game because you can never tell how a particular team starts the tournament and how they are playing at the moment". Giant screens, happy hours and a free drink if you predict the match right or walk in wearing the Indian jersey are some of the offers being rolled out.

"We finished our preparation today with a good chat just before we came down to the ground".

"Credit to them, they've turned around things for themselves really well. We don't focus too much on past records", he said.

India had changed none of its routines or methods ahead of the game, Kohli stated.

We hope that the combination of the aggressive Virat Kohli and the ex-captain cool's calm will help India lift the mini world cup.

I would also want the cricketing world and the ICC to keep a close eye on the significance of an Indo-Pak cricket match of this magnitude and what it means to the fans of the game all around.

Will that be the difference-maker in the end in this ICC Champions Trophy final? It is a very good surface. However, they lost their way with part-timer Kedar Jadhav taking wickets of both the batsmen and put the brakes on the Bangladeshi scoring. The feisty wicket-keeper batsman is still learning the art of captaincy, yet has grown in stature as leader in every game this tournament.

Champions Trophy is the only major ICC event where Pakistan has defeated India, not once but twice - in 2004 at Southampton and in 2009 at Centurion.

They will now face Pakistan in the summit clash at The Oval on Sunday.

No matter what the official global television audience is for the final - wildly speculative figures exceeding one billion people have been reported - the match will bring cricket lovers in at least two countries to a standstill when it gets underway at 7.30pm AEST (late afternoon India and Pakistan Standard time).

Though he acknowledged that Pakistan have improved vastly after their 124-run defeat to India in their tournament opener, especially in the bowling department, Saha feels that India have played consistently well throughout the series.

The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees - who made his debut in the semi-finals - will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up.