Champions Trophy 2017: No one should discount Pakistan, says Michael Hussey

They also lost twice in the inaugural Wold Twenty20 in South Africa followed by defeats in 2012, 2014 and 2016 - all defeats prompting Indian advertise to mock Pakistan before every ICC event. "We will have to work on it in the next game".

"If you drive into nearly any city in India, you will see his face appear on every other billboard".

Taking hints from the fact that this is the first time Pakistan has reached the finals, there was a strong belief amongst the masses in connection with Sohail's verdict.

Miandad was not willing to pick a favorite for the final on Sunday.

It was only on June 4 that India launched their title defence with a 124-run rout of Pakistan at Edgbaston. He is fine. Yeah, definitely you would go with Amir, but we don't mind if Amir can't play.

Pakistan are ready to change the course of history in a clash that's "bigger than the Ashes" when they face arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final.

"Since I've been in the team I have spent a lot of time with MS and I tried to learn as much as I can from him and he provides me with all the knowledge that he has. It has played as though it has nothing to lose, with a freedom to express its skills, which is commendable considering the situation it found itself in", Hussey wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known to extract the most out of street smart cricketers and turn them into match-winners.

De Villiers, who has befriended Kohli through playing in the same Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League, says the India skipper has mellowed down the years and the anger that sometimes surfaced has been replaced by a more jocular personality.

"I would be happy to get that two line CV from the media source".

Sohail further warned the players to concentrate on their game and remain level-headed, otherwise they would not be able to survive.

There are also three occasions where India continued with their momentum after beating Bangladesh and won their next games as well but the numbers on the other side are bigger and that could make an Indian fan anxious.

He took two for 53 in 10 overs as Sri Lanka were held to 236 and then made an unbeaten 28 as he and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (61 not out) steered their side to a tense three-wicket win with an unbroken stand of 75. That's how we want to play and I think that's how you have to play one-day cricket now.

"We have to [attack], we've got no other option", Arthur told

"Having captained Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi- final at Mohali, I know the importance of the game and how it brings the two nations to a standstill while underlining the message of peace and tolerance for each other".

And he insisted a Pakistan victory would be no great surprise.

  • Julie Sanders