Champions Trophy 2017: 5 memorable ODI matches between India and Pakistan
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 12:29
The narrative this time around, however, isn't about the match, but the simmering tension between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, even though the Indian camp is trying to downplay the issue.
Kumble's contract ends this month but the decision to advertise his job ahead of the Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides, led historian Ramachnadra Guha to resign in protest from a a Supreme Court-appointed committee overseeing the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Kohli added that the entire team is focusing on Champions Trophy and asked people to stop spreading the rumours of feud.
Also, the bowling of the Indian team has never been so good and the captain is spoilt for choice.
The Pakistan coach said they have a potent bowling attack which can derail India on Sunday.
"It is true that on papers India are better than us but in today's times game has changed. We're focused on our livelihood, which is on the field and that's all that we're going to focus on".
It was reported that Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board were reported about the security scenario. There is more to this game than just stats but Virat Kohli strove to play down the pressure situation and metaphysical uncertainties.
Considering just how good a bowler Bumrah is in coloured clothing, he will definitely play. "On the other hand, it is India who are under pressure as they are going into the game as favourites", said Sarfraz.
The Pakistan skipper also stated that they have told his players not to get affected by the hype and the buzz surrounding the India Pakistan game, but to focus on their strengths.
"There are all kinds of possibilities-two spinners, two fast bowlers, three fast bowlers", said Kohli.
"Within the dressing room, it is unbelievably calm, unbelievably focused and very, very excited for the challenge that presents itself tomorrow (Sunday)". "We've got an off-spinner (Shoaib Malik)".
"It's a good headache to have as most of the players are in form".
However, he insisted Pakistan were "unbelievably calm" after more than a fortnight in Birmingham preparing.
In the First Group "B" match South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 96 runs at Oval, London last night. You are always nervous.
He also remembers Kohli's affection for him during the Asia Cup past year, gifting him his bat.
"India do have a strong line-up on paper, but we have prepared well too". However, I feel that India should always play with two spinners, it gives you more wicket-taking options.
"I haven't played against India since a while now, but I'm sure we'll all be friendly when we meet".