Golden opportunity for Pakistan to avenge loss to India: Imran
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 17:43
England have rested Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jake Ball from the latest heart-breaking failed bid to win a major 50-over trophy for the three-match campaign.
Fakhar, who made his reputation in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League, was called into the side after Ahmed Shehzad was dropped following Pakistan's 124-run thrashing by title-holders India in the Asian giants' Champions Trophy opener at Birmingham's Edgbaston on June 4.
"I know there are expectations, I know there are people that expect the team and me to do well every time we play. No matter what they bring, we are believing in our abilities", Kohli said.
"Both teams obviously want to win the final". There was no over excitement.
"India has a strong batting and if they put up a big total it will mean double pressure for us. I want to see revival of bilateral cricket", the former captain said. So, the more relaxed you stay in these kinds of situations, it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally.
"Once you start thinking it's a big game, your mindset changes", he added in a levelheaded note.
Arthur is confident that, with key seamer Mohammad Amir fit to come straight back into the team after the back spasm which ruled him out on Wednesday, Pakistan can consign their Birmingham misadventure to history.
· India come into this game having won nine of their last 10 Champions Trophy matches (L1); that defeat came during the 2017 group stage at the Oval, however (v Sri Lanka). "They have won all the matches except the one against Sri Lanka", Pathan said in an exclusive conversation with ANI. "We don't focus too much on past records", he said.
· This is only the second time in India's last five appearances at the Champions Trophy that they've managed to progress beyond the group stage; they did go on to win it on that previous occasion though (2013).