Pandya admits he was under pressure in Pakistan clash

India showed they mean business in this ICC Champions Trophy 2017, swatting away any worries of a possible "rift" between coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli by putting in a professional performance against Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament on Sunday.

When asked about the inclusion of an extra seamer in the squad for Sunday's game, Kohli said, "We chose to play an extra seamer against Pakistan purely because of the fact that it becomes a wicket taking option". Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan gave a rollicking start and well sustained by Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh. "Both Yuvraj and Rohit proved that the form may dwindle, but the class remains permanent", he said.

The Indian top order stood out in an all-round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three after rain halted proceedings twice. "So he started striking from ball one and as I said that took pressure off me, and maybe I should have given him strike".

"We are delighted with all of our batsman scoring runs".

Pakistan won the toss but nothing else went right for them as they dropped catches, persisted with bowlers who bled runs and folded inside 34 overs with the bat.

For India, Umesh Yadav scalped three wickets while Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with one.

"We had a poor game today". Pakistan missed a trick and for the rest of the Indian innings, there was hardly a period where they looked troubled.

"We need to overhaul approach, mindset and work on improving our stagnating skills and play with clear minds". Having a stranglehold over Pakistan, Indian team played to a plan and achieved a huge win by D/L method against our old enemy. At the end of the day, for us, it's just playing the sport we love.

The next ball was wider, but on a similar length, and was hit with even more power over the ropes. It's a very strong performance, we've taken the confidence from the practice games.

While addressing media post match, elated Kohli lauded his senior teammate Yuvraj Singh and young all-rounder Pandya for their incredible contribution in the high voltage game.

Pandya had a good outing with the ball too, taking 2 for 43 in eight nippy overs, snuffing out the last bit of Pakistan's resistance with the wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, and Wasim.

  • Julie Sanders