June 28, 2017

Forget group win over Pakistan, Kohli warns before final

18 June 2017, 02:51 | Jackie Morgan

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Champions Trophy final

India captain Virat Kohli leads his team into Sunday s Champions Trophy final against bitter rivals Pakistan with South African star AB de Villiers labelling him "the outstanding cricketer in the world".

"Very impressed with Pakistan".

If the defending champions beat Pakistan today, then they will become the No. 1 ODI team by knocking South Africa off the top spot, reports the Guardian.

"What we've produced after that doesn't come as any surprise, because that's how we trained, and that's what we worked at", Arthur told reporters at The Oval on Saturday.

Virat Kohli has almost 16 million followers on micro-blogging site "Twitter" but the Indian captain considers it as a distraction before a big match like ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan tomorrow.

In an exclusive interview to, the Pakistan head coach said: "It is important that we play to our strengths, we gave too many chances to India in the earlier game".

"No one is a victor beforehand, and you can't predict anything in this game. We came here very, very firmly of the opinion that we wanted to come here and win it and that has been our chat all the time", he said. "They've been really special in the way that they've bought into the concept that we wanted them to buy into and the brand of cricket, and they've done exceptionally well at that". "We've never spoken of the semifinal in any different way", the Indian skipper said.

The game that always "stops two nations" comes again to a third when title-holders India face Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at London's Oval ground on Sunday.

What had he learnt leading India for the first time in a global tournament, Kohli was asked.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.

The experienced Kohli stressed the high degree of pressure for matches like this is part-and-parcel of playing for cricket's most populous country.

Years ending with "7" proven inauspicious for Indian cricket in 50 years.

De Villiers also wrote that Kohli has mellowed down the years and the anger that sometimes surfaced has been replaced by a more jocular personality.

"I want to achieve that goal", added Hasan, whose 20 career ODIs have yielded a haul of 39 wickets at an average of 23.92 - impressive figures in a form of the game where the odds are often all in favour of batsmen making big scores. "The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood".

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