Forget group win over Pakistan, India's Virat Kohli warns before final

Lynette Rowe
June 18, 2017

The buzz for the final has been enormous in England, too, where there is a large population from both the nations.

Pakistan post a mammoth total of 338 against India.

As they have done many times before, however, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun previously unbeaten hosts England in the semi-finals. But when it comes to winning, it is only India.

In this buildup, Arthur said they've focused much less on India and more on reinforcing what they do well. He's very positive. He's an aggressive captain and he wants to take wickets. With Junaid Khan, who has dismissed Kohli three times in the past, Hassan Ali and Mohammad Amir all being world class bowlers, they will be eager to dismiss the Indian batsmen for cheap runs. We focus on the things within our control, so as I said we don't go after past records and statistics. Meanwhile, India defeated Pakistan by 124 runs, Sri Lanka by seven wickets, and South Africa by eight wickets. Then they crushed England in the semifinals, and the least surprised was Arthur, who didn't hide his emotions in the stands.

He said: "That game has no relevance now". We have practiced the same way as we started the day we came here. "This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament". But we've closed the chapter on that.

The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007.

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And that's why, the 28-year-old India skipper said he was hoping for a very well contested Champions trophy final. It could make history at The Oval.

"Cometh the hour, cometh the Man" is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli's cricketing philosophy as he revealed here Saturday how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies. "We have changed nothing from the day we came here", he added. Even today's practice was absolutely similar. There wasn't any drop of intensity or something extra. "People were just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session and that's the kind of approach we have following throughout the tournament".

Sarfaraz Ahmed has vowed to continue playing "attacking and positive" cricket in tomorrow's Champions Trophy final against India.

"We don't take any opposition for granted and we are looking to play some great cricket here".

Many regarded the semi-final against an in-form England side as a step too far for Sarfraz's men, but once again Pakistan defied expectations, romping to an eight-wicket win, largely thanks to another scintillating bowling display.

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