June 26, 2017

Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

19 June 2017, 12:39 | Sandy Nunez

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Former Australia left-hander Michael Hussey feels that although India are hot favourites to retain the ICC Champions Trophy, but he believes that Pakistan can not be discounted as they have a feeling of "destiny" with them.

Amir, however, has once again become a mainstay of the Pakistan team since returning to the side early in 2016, appearing in 47 of the team's 57 matches across all worldwide formats following his comeback. Although the Pakistan team doesn't have the same pedigree as the Indians, they have been some notable performances by their young opener Fakhar Zaman, leggie Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and seam duo of Mohammad Aamir and Junaid Khan which sparked up the team's journey to the finals.

India have the advantage going in, and they are expected to win.

Sarfraz, however, doesn't want to think about the defeat in the first match. In fact, it is safe to say that it is eclipsing the loss at The Oval tonight.

"I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament", he told reporters. "The more relaxed you stay in these kind of situations, it's a good thing, because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally, and you can help the team come out of hard situations only if you're thinking in that fashion".

India's captain Virat Kohli (R) and Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed, hold the trophy as they pose for a photgraph at The Oval in London on June 17, 2017, on the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy Final cricket match between India and Pakistan. "We're now moving forward".

"If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much this competition". We have seen some really surprising results, and it's been awesome for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well,"said Kohli".

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. "We've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods".

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"It's been quite a few years I've been dealing with that, so nothing new", he said. More than 200 million people watched that game, according to Indian media, citing BARC India.

One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.

"The way the players have dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was unbelievable", Arthur said. "We are playing our best cricket at the best time of the tournament".

Kohli insist the Pakistan side who broke England's hearts in a crushing semi-final victory are more unsafe than the team India beat at Edgbaston in the group stage.

"We dissected India a lot before the game at Edgbaston and we've sort of backtracked a little bit".

"Credit to them, they've turned around things for themselves really well".

"As South Africa captain, I know how they feel".

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