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India vs Pakistan: Players to watch out for in the final

18 Juin 2017

"Pakistan has surprised everyone in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after being ranked eighth coming into the tournament, and was well and truly beaten in its first match against India".

And as, we all know, the match between these two countries is much beyond the game.

Indians and Pakistani fans filled up the stands at The Oval in the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy final and it was nothing short of a party.

Talking about team changes - Mohammad Amir returned to replace debutant Rumman Raees while the Indian squad remained unchanged. He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with ten victims at an average of 17.20 and a wonderful economy rate of 4.25, thus he will be very important in order to dismantle India's fierce batting line-up.

"Whether you have played people or you haven't, you can not guarantee your performance". "Barring one match (against Sri Lanka) India have done well in every department and they are overall favourites". " Virat Kohli's team has already proved its credentials as the best batting unit in the tournament".

Mohammad Amir Pakistan India ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final
Mohammad Amir is fit to take his place in the Pakistan teamReuters

Arthur confirmed Saturday that Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, would return against India.

Talking about Sunday's match, Afridi said even though Pakistan had been outplayed by India in the league stage, they would still be a handful on the big day. He has dismissed Kohli three times, and conceded only two runs to him.

India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first. "The more relaxed you stay in these kind of situations, it's a good thing, because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally, and you can help the team come out of hard situations only if you're thinking in that fashion". It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.

It was only under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy which saw the ressurgance on an aggressive Team India, which started taking pressure in Indo-Pak matches. "Some teams might not have the best starts, but come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done", Kohli said on the eve of the much-anticipated, high octane clash. "I found him to be two different animals - in one-day cricket he looked to attack and to dominate and such is his prowess against the white ball he'd get away with it".

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four. "For us it'll just be nearly a clincher for us in terms of the brand of cricket we want to play, where we want to take the team". It's just another game of cricket tomorrow, and whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after that.

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India vs Pakistan: Players to watch out for in the final