Champions Trophy: Team India gear up ahead of grand final against Pakistan


A lot of Indians showed cheek in mocking Pakistan on the record between the two sides, given the fierce rivalry between the two.

Mister 360 wrote: "There are a few people who would love to be standing in Virat Kohli's shoes this weekend, leading their national team into the final of Champions Trophy, and there is no doubt the captain of India will be relishing the prospect of Sunday's final against Pakistan at The Oval".

"The India game. was an aberration", he said. India have dominated proceedings except one match. Celebs and commoners alike, everyone is not just sharing their sorrow on today's loss.

Earlier, Kohli had said that the Group Stage game would not have any relevance in what he expects to be a very exciting summit clash.

India and Pakistan have had divergent fortunes over the past decade.

India are favourites to retain the Champions Trophy on Sunday but they would probably have preferred to face different opponents than arch-rivals Pakistan in what is sure to be a highly-charged final. "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".

A flawless example of this was shown by former India captain MS Dhoni who shared a frame with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's son, Abdullah on Saturday ahead of Champions Trophy title clash.

"Defeat at Edgbaston is a history now, we have moved so far since then and now we are in the final of the tournament".

"That's the kind of players they have, we're quite aware of that". We have seen some really surprising results, and it's been unbelievable for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well,"said Kohli".

Saha added that the men in blue have bowled well against every opposition and every game was vital, when asked whether it will be a competition between Pakistan bowlers and Indian batsmen.

"I really hope that we see resumption of bilateral cricket between the two countries and would request the Indian cricket board and the Indian government to soften their stance". We went on to win that match. "After the defeat against India, we had some honest conversations and the guys took it on the chin".

"We've got nothing to lose - the pressure is more on them (India)", Pakistan's bowling coach Azhar Mahmood said.

"Our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets, and we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods", added Arthur. The players have been outstanding, the way they've prepared and the way they dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating [by India] at Edgbaston, was fantastic. When I told him about the plan, he could not contain his excitement and told all his friends about it."Sanjeev, a sound engineer from Haridwar Road, says, "I have always bonded with my father over cricket".