No pressure on us ahead of ICC CT final: Virat Kohli
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 9:18
Watch India take on Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final, live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am on Sunday. And what's a Pakistan winning run without one of those mad scrambles, like the one that came against Sri Lanka?
India's batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs) and Rohit Sharma (304 runs) topping the run charts. Dhawan is the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 317 from four innings at an average of 79.25. "That's why I will always put India in front", the 32-year-old said.
India skipper Virat Kohli at training. So I visualise and think positively about big games. You have to be close to reality. "It is a mercurial team and this tournament has thrown up so many upsets so far", Hussey wrote in a column for the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC). You can't ignore it.
"The way the players have dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was wonderful", Arthur said. It's great to get to the final after where we were and credit goes to the players who have been outstanding the way they've prepared.
Kohli recovers from that jittery start and soon starts to get that ball off the middle of his bat.
"That's something I work on. If we focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves, we'll give ourselves a chance to do some good things for the team".
"On their day they can beat any side in the world", said Kohli.
"But, at the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing".
When India plays Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, Mehboob Hasan, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's uncle, will be praying and cheering for Virat Kohli and his men.
Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the England match with a back spasm, is fit again and will play.
Like Pakistan, India has tried to treat the final as just another game. We have practised the same way from the first day we came here. "We are a young team and are very excited and motivated for the game", Sarfaraz said, responding to an Indian journalist's question regarding emotions ahead of the game. But we've closed the chapter on that.
"That was an aberration. We're now moving forward", said the South African.
India will go into this ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final as the favourites, and with that comes extra pressure.
"Our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets, and we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods", added Arthur. When Pakistan held England 2-2 in Arthur's first Test series in charge past year, they won both games in the capital, at Lord's and the Oval, and when they last won...
"We had the mantra "we want to get to London".
"The way the players dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was fantastic". They finished with a total of 191 on a good batting wicket, and were subsequently beaten by an emphatic eight-wicket margin, with 12 overs to spare. India have dominated proceedings except one match.