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No threat to India from Pakistan pacers: Gambhir

18 Juin 2017

On the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval here on Sunday, India skipper Virat Kohli hinted at playing the same combination in their quest for defending the title.

India had defeated Bangladesh in the semi-final to reach the final.

Pakistan have already "closed the chapter" on their trouncing by India in the group stages of the Champions Trophy and intend to prove the point in the final, according to coach Mickey Arthur. I think India have an upper hand going into the match.

Considered one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, Sunday's fixture in London is expected to exceed previous audience figures, potentially becoming the most watched sporting occasion of all time.

The former India skipper, who is working as commentator during the ICC event, was in a vehicle when the Pakistani fans targeted him.

"But [now] on the biggest stage it is India v Pakistan".

But increased political tensions, including recent skirmishes along the border and a pending case at the International Court of Justice, have limited their meetings in recent years. In a Twitter post, Sehwag lashed out at people who were trying to troll Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for his English by saying that his job is not to speak English but to play and he is doing that perfectly.

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"Terror and sports can not go hand in hand", Goel added, referring to ongoing violence in the disputed Kashmir region.

He had said: "If India bats first & gets big score it will put Pak under pressure from accurate Indian bowling". To this day, Pakistan has never beaten India at the World Cup.

"Everyone is aware of the kind of talent Pakistan have in their team".

Yet such was the form of replacement left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his ODI debut with two wickets, it is by no means certain even a fully fit Amir will come straight back into a side that has been well-led by Sarfraz Ahmed, in fine form as both wicket-keeper and batsman. And credit to them, they have turned things around for themselves really well, and they have beaten sides that have been very strong.

"If you are chasing a total where you need eight runs an over and you have lost wickets, he is the guy who can still win you the game".

Pakistan recovered their composure to record back-to-back victories in Cardiff, the first over Sri Lanka taking them through to the semi-final stage and the second knocking England out of their own tournament three days ago. But you can't predict anything in this game.