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Amir fit and ready to play Champions Trophy final against India

Amir fit and ready to play Champions Trophy final against India

To this day, Pakistan has never beaten India at the World Cup.

While India's openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are the top two run-getters with 317 and 304 runs respectively in the tournament so far, Kohli remains the target of Pakistan bowlers or any bowling attack in the world for that matter.

"Intense and serious in matches and at practice, he retains the invaluable ability to switch off from the game, relaxing, laughing and joking at every opportunity".

Pakistan, decimated by India in their first league game, came back strongly defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka to make it to the semis and then punished an errant England to make it to their maiden Champions Trophy final.

India made light work of chasing South Africa's small total but that didn't stop Yuvraj Singh from finishing the match in style with this massive six. Today, India will go out seeking their first win in three encounters in the British capital.

"That's because we were beating them and he didn't score many runs which quite often brings out the emotion and aggression in people".

Defending champions India, on the other hand, registered a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another mouth-watering, high-octane clash with Pakistan.

"History can change, and I hope we can [change it]", he added.

I really hope that we see resumption of bilateral cricket between the two countries.

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India may be ahead against Pakistan in ICC tournaments by an 8-2 margin, but in all ODI tournament finals Pakistan holds a 6-2 edge in the head-to-head battle against India.With Pakistan's front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs. It's big stage for him and Anil Kumble.

"It wouldn't be a shock if we won". We were the number eight ranked side, and no one gave us any credit.

"I believe in my boys. if we win it would be a great gift to the whole nation".

Shockingly, former captain Aamer Sohail undermined the performance of the team and targeted in particular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, saying some "extraneous" forces played a role in taking them to the final. There are no easy games over here.

"If you're too distracted listening to too many suggestions or praise or criticism, then you can't focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team". Whenever I have a net session I always try and emphasise that.

"I would also want the cricketing world and the ICC to keep a close eye on the significance of an Indo-Pak cricket match of this magnitude and what it means to the fans of the game all around", he wrote. While bowling also, we have got wickets when we attacked.

London will have one of sport's highest-profile fixtures in its midst on Sunday.

India got off to a winning start against Pakistan with Ravindra Jadeja producing more fielding brilliance, picking up the ball and throwing in one movement to run out Mohammad Hafeez in their victory. Even Pakistan's 82-55 win-loss record in head of head clashes against India may not be enough to boost their morale after the two heavy defeats they have suffered in the past three days.


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    But it is this unpredictability of Pakistan make them such a potent opponent in the final. It is very important to realise the things that might or might not happen in the game.