Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

"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", said Arthur on Saturday. "We were the number eight ranked side, and no one gave us any credit", said Azhar.

Straight-talking Arthur has previously described Pakistan's performance in their 124-run defeat to their neighbours and great rivals at Edgbaston two weeks ago as "terrible" and "shambolic".

"Very happy that we have found a core group of players who we can take forward and can work with in the 2019 World Cup", stated Arthur.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.That was an aberration. But I can tell you one thing - we have come to win", he added. It is even considered bigger than the Ashes series between Australia and England.

India defeated Pakistan mostly in major ICC tournament matches so far in the history of the game.

"It is massive", insisted Azhar. Well this is the chance for the likes of Hassan Ali, Mohammad Aamir, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and a few others to forever engrave their names in the minds and imaginations of the cricket insane fans of both the countries. They are expected to get back pacer Mohammad Amir, who was forced to miss the semi-final game against England in Cardiff because of a back spasm.

When Sarfraz was asked that same question, the Pakistan captain's answer was diametrically opposite.

But he was hardly missed on Wednesday, with fellow left-arm paceman Rumman Raees, making his one-day worldwide debut, taking two for 44 as England were skittled out for just 211.

His four innings, including three not outs, have left him with a colossal tournament batting average of 253 heading into the final. The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli have combined for 81.4 percent of all India's runs in the competition.

De Villiers, who is now struggling with a poor run of form despite being at the helm of the number one ODI team, said that Kohli is able to cope with the extreme pressure that comes with being captain of the Indian cricket team. I know there are people that expect the team and myself to do well every time that we play, but I understand as a player and as a person that it's not possible. He also felt that subcontinent teams are comfortable against spin and hence Umesh should be playing in the final.

The bowling department for India under the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have looked solid bowling economically while providing clinical breakthroughs.

Meanwhile Kohli too insisted the group clash was no longer of any relevance.

"So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world".

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